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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man Rescued from Kitchen Fire

Firefighters from Newcastle are urging people to take care when cooking after they rescued a man from his home in Silverdale last night.

Two crews from Newcastle and one from Hanley were called to the kitchen fire on High Street at 9.40pm last night. The incident was caused accidentally due to cooking materials which had been left unattended on an electrical hob.

Firefighters rescued one male, who was asleep, and wearing breathing apparatus they used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

"Smoke alarms play an invaluable role in the event of a fire your home. We would urge people to ensure they have operating alarms fitted inside of their homes and if they don’t to call us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 0241 999."

Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Mick Daniels

Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Mick Daniels commented: "We would like to remind people that when cooking you should never leave food unattended. It is easy to become distracted and forget about what’s going on in the kitchen as this incident highlights.

"Luckily operating smoke alarms alerted neighbours to the kitchen fire – despite the alarms not alerting the occupier they did play a vital part in this incident as neighbours were able to call the fire service immediately and we were able to rescue the gentleman who was sleeping at the time of the fire.

"Smoke alarms play an invaluable role in the event of a fire your home. We would urge people to ensure they have operating alarms fitted inside of their homes and if they don’t to call us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 0241 999."

The fire caused smoke damage to the ground floor of the property and crews left the incident at around 10.30pm. This incident follows another kitchen fire on Watlands View, Porthill early in the day. The fire was out on arrival; however firefighters from Newcastle administered first aid to one male who was suffering from smoke inhalation.