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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Codsall

Crews from Codsall and Brewood were called to a fire at a detached bungalow on Birches Road in Codsall at 8.25am this morning.

"The actions of this lady meant were quickly alerted to the fire and we were able to immediately enter the property on arrival to deal with the incident."

Station Manager, Ian Broadhead

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using one hose reel jet and then ventilated the property.

Approximately 20 x 30 metres of the kitchen was on fire, which is believed to have been started accidentally by an electric fault in the dishwasher.

Station Manager, Ian Broadhead said: "The female occupier did everything right in this incident. She happened to be passing the kitchen when she heard a bang from the dishwasher and saw smoke. She immediately closed the door, turned off the electricity on her way out of the property and then called the emergency services.

"It is essential we are informed about fires as soon as possible so that we can bring fires under control before they cause more serious damage. The actions of this lady meant were quickly alerted to the fire and we were able to immediately enter the property on arrival to deal with the incident.

"She also had working smoke alarms which are very important as had she not been passing the kitchen, they would have alerted her to the fire."

The dishwasher was destroyed in the fire and there has been a small amount of fire damage to the surrounding kitchen units. The kitchen was left heavily smoke logged however damage was confined to the kitchen due to the occupier closing the door.

The incident was closed at 9.32am.