A fire at a home in Fairview last evening was the result of burning plastic in an oven.
Nelson Fire and Rescue says it was called at about 7:15 p.m. The occupant left the building and firefighters discovered moderate smoke on the main floor.
In a news release, the department says it appears to have started in an oven being used to heat food on a plate with a plastic lid. Damage was contained to the oven and its contents.
Smoke was cleared from the structure using fans.
The lone occupant was assessed for smoke inhalation and taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital.
Assistant chief Mike Daloise says there are a few lessons to be learned.
However, the smoke alarm stopped working midway through the incident. It was found to be past its expiry date, so firefighters installed a new one. They say smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years.
They also say food, plastic, or other combustibles should not be stored on a stove top or in an oven.