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Investigators: Apartment fire caused by cooking

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Officials said the fire was caused by unattended cooking. Officials said the fire was caused by unattended cooking.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Huntsville Fire Department revealed the cause of a fast-moving apartment fire.

Unattended cooking started the fire that destroyed nearly a dozen units in West Huntsville Friday off of Lake Front Drive. HFD said cooking is the leading cause of residential fires and injuries.

No injuries were reported from the fire, but it did damage ten different apartment units at the Sunlake Apartments off Zierdt Road and took around two hours to put out. The Red Cross is helping some of the residents.

Firefighters said many cooking fires start because combustibles are too close to heating sources. More than half of some cooking fire injuries happen when people try to put out the fire themselves.

It is unclear if the units damaged are reparable or will be torn down.

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