A 16 year old male has had a lucky escape from his Madeley home after food caught fire in the kitchen this afternoon.
"Firefighters will be returning to the property to fit smoke detectors and it was also discovered that the neighbour’s house he went to also did not have any fitted, so we will be doing the same in that property."
Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Rich Williams
The property on Knightley Road had no smoke alarms fitted and the teenager was only alerted to the fire after smelling smoke and going to investigate.
Two crews from Newcastle were called to the incident at 1.30pm and used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which has caused minor damage to the kitchen.
Newcastle Assistant Area Commander, Rich Williams said: "The occupant had been cooking a pizza in the oven however when he removed the pizza he placed it on to the hob which had been left on accidentally.
"He then left the pizza on the hob and went elsewhere within the property and the food caught fire. He is very lucky that he didn’t fall asleep for example or take the dogs out for a walk because we may have then been dealing with a much more serious fire."
The youngster received oxygen therapy treatment from paramedics at the scene and then waited at a neighbour’s house whilst firefighters ventilated the property.
Rich Williams added: "Firefighters will be returning to the property to fit smoke detectors and it was also discovered that the neighbour’s house he went to also did not have any fitted, so we will be doing the same in that property."
Firefighters will have an active presence on Knightley Road and the surrounding area over the next few days as part of the Service’s After The Fire strategy. The strategy is to alert people to a fire nearby and offer advice as well as the opportunity to book a free Home Fire Risk Check.