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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Leek

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care in the kitchen following an incident in Leek last night.

 

“If any food should catch fire, turn the heat off, if it safe to do so, get out, closing the doors behind you and call 999.”

Fire and rescue crews from Leek attended a house fire in Sneyd Avenue in Leek shortly before 9pm. The incident had happened due to the grill being switched on accidentally which then caught fire whilst the female occupant was in the bath.  The fire was already out when the fire crews arrived.

Fortunately the lady was alerted to the fire by her smoke alarm which was fitted by Staffordshire and Rescue Service. The situation could have been far more serious if the smoke alarm had not alerted the occupant. Smoke alarms are essential and they do save lives. Anybody who does not have a working smoke alarm should call 0800 0241 999 to book a free home fire risk check.

Station Manager Ian Read said:” When in use, cooking appliances should not be left unattended whether it is a hob, grill, microwave, oven or even a toaster. The occupant put out the fire herself; this is something that we do not advise people to do as it could lead to serious injuries.

“If any food should catch fire, turn the heat off, if it safe to do so, get out, closing the doors behind you and call 999.”

The female casualty suffered slight smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by paramedics. Firefighters left the scene at 9.30pm.