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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Cannock

Crews from Cannock and Penkridge were called to a kitchen fire on Huntington Terrace Road, Chadsmoor in Cannock just after 7.30am this morning.

"We would urge anyone who has not got smoke alarms inside of their home to arrange a free Home Fire Risk Check on 0800 0241 999."

Station Manager Neil Burton

Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, used one hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze, which started in a kitchen cupboard.

Once the fire was out, a fire investigation commenced to determine the cause of the fire, as a radiator looked like it had been forced from the wall without an obvious explanation as to why.

After a thorough search, the cause of the fire was found to be an aerosol can which had been left without a lid on and had then been accidentally decompressed. The washing machine had been on at the time of the fire and the fumes from the aerosol had vented into the cupboard and out into the kitchen.

The washing machine’s active motor then ignited the fumes, causing a small explosion which created pressure and caused the radiator to come away from the wall.

Station Manager Neil Burton said: "The lesson to learn from this incident is if you’re keeping flammable aerosols in the house then make sure they always have their lid tightly on.

"Luckily in this incident, the occupier was alerted to the fire straight away due to the noise and we were able to limit fire damage to just the cupboard. However, the property did not have any working smoke alarms so had there not been a bang from the explosion, the occupier may not have realised there was a fire until it was much worse.

"We fitted smoke alarms before leaving the property and would urge anyone who has not got smoke alarms inside of their home to arrange a free Home Fire Risk Check on 0800 0241 999."

The incident was closed at 8.13am.