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Increase in Stoke Kitchen Fires

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to people who leave cooking unattended.

"We say time and time again - do not leave cooking unattended, but the message doesn’t seem to be getting across."

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to people who leave cooking unattended.

The warning comes following five kitchen fires in Stoke-on-Trent last week alone. Countywide, there have been 30 (see notes to editor) kitchen fires since July and almost half of those were in Stoke-on-Trent.

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj said: "We say time and time again - do not leave cooking unattended, but the message doesn’t seem to be getting across.

"To have almost half of the county’s kitchen fires over the past three months in Stoke-on-Trent is extremely worrying and people really need to take note of this and think about their actions whilst they are in the kitchen.

"Hopefully the incidents this week will highlight to people just how easy it is to cause a kitchen fire – it’s not worth the risk, just stay in the kitchen until you have finished cooking.

"If food does catch fire, turn off the appliance if it is safe to do so, leave the room closing the door behind and call the Fire Service. We will identify any potential fire hazards to you during a free Home Fire Risk Check and so urge anyone who hasn’t already had one to book it now."