Mawson kitchen fire after cooking left unattended

Firefighters have prevented a fire from spreading through a unit complex at Mawson this afternoon.

ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an emergency triple zero (000) calls at 4:19pm to a Herd Street property.

On arrival crews discovered a fire in the kitchen of a single level unit and quickly containing it to the kitchen and extinguished it, preventing it from speading further.

Firefighters are currently ventilating the property.

A lone occupant of the unit safely self evacuated himself. He is being assessed on scene by ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics for minor smoke inhalation.

The initial estimated damage bill is $20,000.

The cause has been determined as cooking left unattended on a stove. ACT Fire & Rescue reminds the community to ensure you "Don't Stop Looking While Your Cooking".