Tauranga firefighters were called to what was believed a house fire on Otumoetai Rd this afternoon.
A spokesperson said the female occupant was cooking her dinner and had left the pot on the lowest setting on the stove then went out to visit a friend.
The pot boiled dry, causing the house to fill with smoke.
A visitor noticed that the fire alarm was going off and called the firebrigade.
When they arrived, firefighters took the pot off the stove and ventilated the house.