Rocky Mount Fire Department firefighters wrap-up operations Tuesday after fighting a house fire at 319 E. Goldleaf St.

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Rocky Mount Fire Department firefighters wrap-up operations Tuesday after fighting a house fire at 319 E. Goldleaf St.

Firefighters extinguish kitchen blaze

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Rocky Mount firefighters extinguished a blaze earlier today at an apartment in the 300 block of Goldleaf Street, Chief Keith McGee said, after the kitchen apparently caught fire.

Firefighters arrived on the scene around 12:30 p.m. and found heavy smoke and flames showing, McGee said.

“They went in and knocked down the fire quickly,” McGee said. “Right now we are in the process of overhauling and rehabbing our personnel, that sort of thing.”

No one was injured, McGee said, although there was significant damage to the kitchen.

“There was fire and structural damage in the kitchen area, all the way out into the living room, and heat and smoke damage throughout the entire apartment,” McGee said.

Angela Baker, who lives at the apartment, said she was cooking when she had to run next door, and when she returned, the kitchen was on fire.

“It just happened all of a sudden,” Baker said. “I mean, this happened fast.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this point, McGee said.