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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Kitchen Fires in Staffordshire

Crews from Biddulph and Burslem were called to a property on New Street in Biddulph Moor at 7.45pm last night where a grill pan and foodstuffs had caught fire after being left unattended.

"We would urge anyone who hasn’t already had their free check to call 0800 0241 999 to book it now."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

The occupier of the rented property had left food cooking on the grill whilst they went into another room. The food caught fire and due to the poor positioning of the smoke alarms, the occupier was not alerted to the fire as quickly as they could have been.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which left the grill and pan damaged. The crews also carried out a Home Fire Risk Check whilst they were there and fitted two new smoke detectors in correct positions.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "This incident highlights the necessity of staying in the kitchen whilst cooking and concentrating on one thing at once. We would also encourage people to switch appliances off if they do need to leave the room before food has finished cooking.

"There was a smoke alarm fitted in the property however it was not in a suitable position, so although it did eventually activate the occupant could have been alerted much sooner had it been in a better position.

"Our crews therefore fitted two new smoke alarms and identified any other potential fire hazards with the occupier during a Home Fire Risk Check. We would urge anyone who hasn’t already had their free check to call 0800 0241 999 to book it now."

Crews left the incident at 8.10pm.

Another accidental kitchen fire has taken place this afternoon on Well Street in Newcastle. Two crews from Newcastle attended at 12.25pm to extinguish the accidental cooker fire using one hose reel jet.

The cooker was a self-cleaning appliance however the occupants had left a grill pan with food residue on it inside which ignited. Station Manager, Andy Leedham said: "We would like to remind anyone who does have a self-cleaning oven to ensure there is absolutely nothing in the oven before activating the cleaning facility.

"Once activated, the doors will lock which means you are unable to open the door again until the cycle is complete."

Crews left the scene at 1.10pm.