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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Whitmore

Two crews from Newcastle were called to a kitchen fire at 3.25am on Friday 10th September. The property, a large three-storey building on Bent Lane in Whitmore, was smoke logged on arrival and the occupier was still inside.

"We would urge anyone who hasn’t had their free Home Fire Risk Check to book it now as smoke alarms are absolutely essential and do save lives."

Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Mick Daniels

The fire had been caused by the AGA oil burner developing a fault, overheating and igniting a nearby towel. The occupier was only alerted to the fire by the smell of smoke and an unusual oil odour – there were no smoke alarms fitted anywhere in the property.

Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Mick Daniels said: "The fire was out on arrival however the ground floor was quite badly smoke logged and the occupant had remained inside.

"Crews checked that there were no hot spots remaining and advised the occupant not to leave combustible materials in the vicinity of the AGA in the future. Crews then ventilated the property before carrying out a Home Fire Risk Check and fitting smoke alarms.

"The occupant was very lucky to have been woken up by the strange smell, the fire could have easily spread and become much more dangerous and they may not have been aware until it was too late.

"We would urge anyone who hasn’t had their free Home Fire Risk Check to book it now as smoke alarms are absolutely essential and do save lives."

Crews left the scene at 4.15am.