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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire after Warning Issued

Firefighters from Burton have attended an accidental house fire today despite issuing safety warnings earlier this week.

"We urge members of the public to take more care when cooking and not allow themselves to become distracted, in particular when using microwave ovens."

The fire at a first floor flat at Carlton Court on Shobnall Road, Burton occurred after the occupier accidentally left his microwave on for too long, causing the food and packaging to catch fire. The fire caused to damage to the microwave and heavy smoke logging throughout the flat.

The male occupant required oxygen therapy treatment at the scene from paramedics.

This kitchen fire follows another fire in the last five days in East Staffordshire after an incident on Sunday at a property in Goodman Street, Horninglow, where the occupier had placed his food to cook on the hob and then left the property.

A neighbour noticed smoke coming from the kitchen window and alerted the fire service. A smoke alarm had been fitted in the property, however did not operate as the batteries had been removed.

Two crews from Burton attended both incidents and Assistant Area Commander, Brian Griffiths said: “Both of these fires were avoidable and had the potential to be far more serious.

“We urge members of the public to take more care when cooking and not allow themselves to become distracted, in particular when using microwave ovens. Always read the food labels carefully before setting the timer and never leave food cooking on the hob unattended.

“We would also strongly advise against ever removing batteries from smoke alarms – if they need replacing swap the batteries immediately so you don’t forget you’ve taken them out and test your smoke alarm weekly.”