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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Kitchen Fires in North Staffordshire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care in the kitchen following two kitchen fires within a day of each other.

"We would advise that people do not leave appliances turned on and unattended and also to try and keep food appliances clear from food particles, as these can quite easily catch fire and cause significant damage."

Andy Leedham, Assistant Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent

Two crews from Newcastle and Longton were called to Westminster Place in Hanford at 10.15am this morning to extinguish a fire involving a cooker. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using one hose reel jet.

The fire is thought to have been caused by residual food, left behind after general cooker and grill use, catching fire. Andy Leedham, Assistant Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent said: "Although the occupants have been turning off the appliance at the wall, they had unfortunately in this instance forgotten to turn off the cooker function of the appliance. This meant when they came to use the grill, they did not realise that the cooker would be active as well.

"We would advise that people do not leave appliances turned on and unattended and also to try and keep food appliances clear from food particles, as these can quite easily catch fire and cause significant damage. In this instance the fire was spotted early on and so damage was confined to the cooker itself, although the kitchen has also suffered from substantial smoke damage."

The four females at the property, including one child, were uninjured and did not require any treatment at the scene. The incident was closed at 10.45am.

A separate incident involving a cooker early yesterday morning was also attended by two crews from Newcastle and one crew from Hanley. Firefighters were called to a flat on Basford Park Road in Newcastle at 3.55am after food was left cooking and unattended on an electric hob.

The food set alight, activating the smoke alarms, and five occupants were safely evacuated. Three of the occupants required oxygen therapy at the scene and an ambulance was called to the incident however none of the individuals involved required hospital treatment. The incident was closed at 4.20am.