A small investment in a Firestop extinguisher can help prevent disaster. They cost around $50, available at major retailers like Home Depot and Amazon, and attach above your stove by magnet.
Today fires burn hotter and faster than years ago. Stovetop fire extinguishers, like FireStop, have a shelf life of 6 years. They are automatically activated when a flame comes in contact with the fuse - it is not activated by smoke or heat alone. This small device could save a life and save thousands of dollars in damage.