Firefighters attended three separate incidents in Tamworth on Friday. The first call was received at 4.20pm where a shed on Belgrave Road, Belgrave was well alight.
"Chip pans can cause serious fires because they can very quickly overheat and then ignite."
Assistant Area Commander, Ian Read
One crew from Lichfield and one crew from over the border attended and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. One male and one female were given precautionary checks at the scene by paramedics but did not require hospital treatment. The fire was started accidentally and firefighters left the incident just after 5.00pm.
At 8.35pm several crews were called to Gaskins Wood, Albert Street in Tamworth where approximately 20 x 20 metres of heath land had been deliberately set alight.
Two crews from Cannock, one crew from Stafford and the Landrover appliance from Lichfield tackled the fire for over two hours and closed the incident at just after 10.45pm.
Also, at 9.20pm two crews from Tamworth were called to Alton Court on Neville Street in Tamworth where a first floor flat was on fire following a chip pan fire in the kitchen.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which has left the kitchen severely damaged and one male casualty was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Firefighters left the incident at 9.45pm.
Assistant Area Commander, Ian Read said: "Chip pans can cause serious fires because they can very quickly overheat and then ignite. We would urge people to use deep fat fryers instead. They are much safer because they are thermostatically controlled which means they can’t overheat."