The call came in around 6 p.m. Tuesday from a home at 68th and Main Street.
The homeowner had left to go to the store. When he came back, smoke was coming out of the house. He immediately called 9-1-1.
With the fire station just a block away, crews were on scene within two minutes, and in just another two minutes they had put out the fire.
“We had a manned fire station just a block away. That’s what really limited it to a very small fire in the kitchen area,” said Batt. Chief Dana Burwell, Springfield Fire Department.
The fire did cause significant smoke damage, so it’s unlikely anyone will live there for a few months.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but crews think it started in the kitchen.