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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

South Staffordshire Kitchen Fires

Crews from Cannock, Lichfield, Tamworth, Stafford and Penkridge attended three separate kitchen fires yesterday.

"We urge people to be more vigilant over the coming months and our advice is if you are cooking in the kitchen then stay in the kitchen until you’re finished."

Ian Sloss Head of Risk Reduction

The first call came in at 3.12pm where a frying pan at Arbor Close, Glascote in Tamworth had set alight. Two crews from Tamworth and Lichfield attended the incident where the occupants, one male and one female, had suffered burns to their hands and feet and were taken to Selly Oak Hospital for burns treatment.

Later in the afternoon crews from Stafford and Penkridge were called to Thirlmere Way, Rising Brook where food had been left cooking unattended and then caught fire. Firefighters had to force entry to gain access to the property to extinguish the fire.

At 7.00pm last night two crews from Cannock attended a chip pan fire at Norfolk Grove in Great Wyrley. There were no casualties at the incident.

Ian Sloss Head of Risk Reduction said: "When the weather is good, people are more tempted and more likely to take risks and leave food unattended whilst they enjoy the nice weather.

"We urge people to be more vigilant over the coming months and our advice is if you are cooking in the kitchen then stay in the kitchen until you’re finished. If any food should catch fire, turn the heat off, if it safe to do so, get out, closing the doors behind you and call 999."