GASTONIA - Firefighters with the Gastonia Fire Department extinguished a one-story house fire around 1 p.m. on Sunday at 1905 Hemlock Ave. in Gastonia.
Officials say heavy smoke and flames engulfed the kitchen and living room that was caused by food left unattended while cooking on a stove. Firefighters were able to control the fire in 15 minutes.
The four members of the home made it out safely. One of the residents tried to recover a personal belonging during the fire. That individual endured lacerations and was transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The Gaston County Chapter of the Red Cross is currently assisting the displaced residents.
An estimated $35,000 in damages was caused by the fire.
Fire officials recommend the public stay in the kitchen while preparing food to be cooked on a stove and keep any item that can catch on fire, such as oven mitts and towels, away from the stove top.