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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Weekend Kitchen Fires

Firefighters are warning people against leaving food unattended in the kitchen for a second weekend running following several kitchen fires in North Staffordshire.

"We urge people not to leave food unattended whilst cooking. It is very easy to forget about food cooking so we would advise that when people are preparing."

Station Manager, David Agu

On Saturday crews from Hanley and Burslem were called to Pennyfields Avenue in Longport at 6.50pm after a man had accidentally ignited a gas canister causing a small fire in his kitchen. The occupant was boiling potatoes on the hob and fumes from the canister ignited, damaging the curtains and window frame and burning the man.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus put out the fire using one hose reel jet and the occupant was treated for burns at the scene. He was taken to North Staffordshire hospital for further burns treatment but was discharged the following morning.

Station Manager, David Agu said: "We would advise anyone using potentially flammable equipment to do so in a well-ventilated area or ideally outside."

Burslem firefighters went from this incident straight to another kitchen fire on St John’s Road in Biddulph to assist crews from Biddulph with an oven fire. Food had been left unattended in the oven and the occupants were alerted after the smoke alarms went off.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire, which was contained in the oven, using one hose reel jet. The incident was closed at 7.55pm.

At 9.50pm on Saturday evening two crews from Longton were called to a kitchen fire   at Stadbroke Drive in Dresden. The 96 year old occupant had left the grill on which then set alight.

He was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene while fire fighter's ventilated the property. He did not attend hospital and the incident was closed at 10.05pm.

Yesterday a dog was rescued from a property near to The Rock Inn in Upper Hulme after food was left in the cooker and caught fire. Neighbours alerted Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at 5.20pm after seeing smoke through the letterbox of the property.

Two crews from Leek attended the incident and two fire fighter's wearing breathing apparatus forced entry to the property to extinguish the fire using one hose reel jet and rescue the dog. The incident was closed at 5.40pm.

Station Manager, David Agu said: "We urge people not to leave food unattended whilst cooking. It is very easy to forget about food cooking so we would advise that when people are preparing food to remain in the kitchen until they are finished."