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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Elderly Lady Suffers Smoke Inhalation Following Chip Pan Fire

19/11/2010

Firefighters have expressed their relief that an elderly lady who tried to tackle a chip pan fire last night suffered only minor injuries.

"The crews were all very shocked that this lady had tried to tackle the fire herself, instead of getting out and leaving it to us."

Station Manager, Mark Wilson

Two crews from Newcastle were called to the incident on Kenilworth Grove, Maybank, Newcastle shortly before 9pm last night. On arrival firefighters found that the 87 year old had been trying to tackle the fire with water and as a result was suffering from smoke inhalation. She was taken by paramedics to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. As a result of the incident there was fire damage to the hob and heavy smoke damage to the kitchen.

Station Manager, Mark Wilson said: “Less than a week after an elderly man died in a fire just a few miles down the road in Wolstanton, this could quite easily have been another fatality. The crews were all very shocked that this lady had tried to tackle the fire herself, instead of getting out and leaving it to us.

“If this lady had received a Home Fire Risk Check from us we would have highlighted potential dangers to her – we’d have talked her through what to do in the case of a fire and also encouraged her to use a deep fat fryer instead of a chip pan. Unfortunately though because we didn’t know about this lady we haven’t paid her a visit. Just earlier this week, as part of our Older Person’s campaign we were encouraging people in the Newcastle area to let us know of elderly friends, relatives and neighbours so that we could ensure they were safe from fire in their homes, and this incident highlights why.”

Just a few hours prior to this incident crews attended another chip pan fire at a farm in Milwich, near Stone. Crews from Stafford, Stone and Longton attended the incident following an emergency call shortly before 5pm. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property, however the fire was out on arrival and crews left the incident at 6pm.