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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Chip Pan Fires in Staffordshire

12/11/2010

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to two chip pan fires just minutes apart in Horninglow, East Staffordshire and Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent in the early hours of this morning.

"We would urge people to use deep fat fryers instead. They are much safer because they are thermostatically controlled which means they can’t overheat."

Station Manager, Carl Mason

Two crews from Burton were called to Church View, Horninglow at 3.45am this morning where a 71 year old man’s chip pan had accidentally ignited. The fire was out on arrival however the man required hospital treatment and his flat needed ventilating by firefighters.

The man was taken to Queens Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, he was released from hospital at 9.00am this morning. The incident was closed at 4.25am.

At 3.50am this morning, a crew from Sandyford and Burslem were called to Jupiter Street in Smallthorne where again, a chip pan had accidentally caught fire.

The second chip pan fire was also out on arrival and the two occupants, a 53 year old male and a 24 year old male were uninjured.

Firefighters gave advice to the occupants about fire safety in the home and left the incident at 4.25am.

Station Manager, Carl Mason said: "Thankfully smoke alarms operated in both incidents and were able to alert the occupiers to the hazard. In the event of a chip pan fire we would urge people not to tackle it, instead they should turn off the heat, if it is safe to do so, leave the property, closing doors behind them and ring 999.

"We would urge people to use deep fat fryers instead. They are much safer because they are thermostatically controlled which means they can’t overheat."