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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Tamworth

Tamworth firefighters are urging people in the local community to take care when cooking following a kitchen fire in Wilnecote this afternoon.

Two crews from Tamworth were called to the incident on Hockley Road, Wilnecote at 2.40pm today. The incident involved a fire in the kitchen area of the property, which had been caused accidentally due to cooking materials which had been left unattended.

Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, extinguished the fire using hose reel jets and ventilated the property. One elderly female was also treated to oxygen therapy at the scene, as she was suffering from smoke inhalation.

"In the event of a fire in your home we would urge people to get out and stay out, closing all doors behind you where possible, and to call 999. We would also like to remind people to never leave cooking materials unattended - our advice is if you are cooking in the kitchen then stay in the kitchen until you’re finished."

Tamworth Assistant Area Commander, Mark Walchester

Tamworth Assistant Area Commander, Mark Walchester commented, "Luckily operating smoke alarms alerted the lady to the fire in her kitchen. Builders who were working adjacent to the property also spotted the fire and quickly went to assist the lady out of her home.

"In the event of a fire in your home we would urge people to get out and stay out, closing all doors behind you where possible, and to call 999.  We would also like to remind people to never leave cooking materials unattended - our advice is if you are cooking in the kitchen then stay in the kitchen until you’re finished."

The incident, which closed at 4.10pm, caused smoke damage throughout the property, and light heat damage in the kitchen area.