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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man Rescued from Kitchen Fire

23/11/2010

A man has been rescued from a kitchen fire by a fire officer and a paramedic this morning in Hednesford.

"Luckily, he was able to get out of the kitchen before the fire took hold however we would strongly advise people against trying to tackle fires themselves. The best thing to do is get out, close the door and call us and we’ll come to deal with the fire."

Cannock Assistant Area Commander, Ian Broadhead

Cannock Assistant Area Commander, Ian Broadhead and a West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic forced entry via a neighbour’s garden into a semi-detached property garden on Station Road just after 11.10am this morning to rescue the man.

The man has been using his toaster when it accidentally caught fire. He then threw water over it which caused sparks to ignite nearby combustible materials and a severe fire took hold.

The man managed to exit the kitchen onto his patio but due to accessibility he was unable to get any further. The man was lifted to safety over a wall by Ian Broadhead and the paramedic whilst crews from Cannock and Rugeley entered the property to fight the fire.

Ian Broadhead said: "When I arrived at the scene, I was unable to gain direct access to the affected property. The paramedic arrived soon after so we forced entry to a neighbouring garden and discovered a man suffering from smoke inhalation on his patio.

"We rescued him and he was then taken to Stafford Hospital for precautionary checks. The fire has left his kitchen severely fire damaged and the entire ground floor of the property is heat and smoke damaged.

"Luckily, he was able to get out of the kitchen before the fire took hold however we would strongly advise people against trying to tackle fires themselves. The best thing to do is get out, close the door and call us and we’ll come to deal with the fire."

The incident was closed at 2.35pm.