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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Teenager Has Lucky Escape from Kitchen Fire

26/11/2010

A 14 year old boy has had a lucky escape from a kitchen fire in Doxey after a tea towel accidentally caught fire at around 10.55pm last night.

"We would like to once again remind everyone to ensure all appliances are turned off before leaving the room and never leave combustible or flammable materials nearby, as they can easily and quickly catch fire as this incident highlights."

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan

A neighbour heard the smoke alarm operating and a child shouting there was a fire in the kitchen. The neighbour told the child to get out of the house and then called Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Crews from Stafford, Rising Brook and Eccleshall rushed to the scene at Rosewood Gardens and forced entry to the three-storey property to put the fire out.

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan said: "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus forced entry to the property and extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet. It appears a hob was accidentally left turned on which set fire to a tea towel which had been left nearby.

"The male occupant managed to escape via the window and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks. Thanks to the smoke alarms operating to alert him to the fire and the quick actions of the neighbour, he was able to escape before the fire took hold.

"We would like to once again remind everyone to ensure all appliances are turned off before leaving the room and never leave combustible or flammable materials nearby, as they can easily and quickly catch fire as this incident highlights."

Crews left the scene at 11.40pm.