Unattended Cooking To Blame In Apartment Fire

An East Texas man's apartment caught fire Wednesday morning.   The fire broke out at the Guthrie Creek Apartment complex in Longview.   Investigators say the blaze started in the kitchen because of unattended cooking. Fortunately, the fire was contained to one apartment and the resident was not home at the time. An upstairs neighbor actually discovered it.

Carlton Fluellen, who lives above the burned apartment, says,"I smelled something first and I went to the kitchen, seen smoke coming up from the cook stove, so I figured it might be a short coming from the stove so I went and cut off all the power, then kept smelling it so I ran downstairs and looked at this apartment down here and seen the blinds melting, so I knew that apartment was on fire."

Investigators say there were no injuries, but say the fire did cause about 5,000 dollars worth of damage.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com