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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chip Pan Fire in Tunstall

Crews from Kidsgrove and Leek were called to a kitchen fire on St Aidan’s Street in Tunstall this morning at 9.10am. It is the second fire in as many days on the street.

“We often find that people with chip pans leave them on the hob as opposed to storing them in a cupboard however this is not a good idea."

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andy Leedham

Crews arrived this morning to find the kitchen of the property alight following a chip pan accidentally igniting after being stored on the active hob.  The occupier had managed to close the kitchen door which confined the fire to the kitchen.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, whilst paramedics treated the occupant outside.

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andy Leedham said: “The chip pan was being stored on the hob and the hob had then mistakenly been turned on which caused the empty chip pan to overheat and ignite.

“We often find that people with chip pans leave them on the hob as opposed to storing them in a cupboard however this is not a good idea. As this incident shows, it is very easy for the chip pans to accidentally set on fire and quickly cause a lot of damage.

“The kitchen has been left quite badly damaged by the smoke but because the occupant had closed the kitchen door it prevented the fire and smoke from spreading elsewhere in the property.

“If you can safely shut the door to a room where there is a fire, then do so as this does effectively self-contain the fire. We would also urge everyone to close their internal doors before they go to bed as well, just in case.”

Crews left the scene at 10.22am.