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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety Talks Following Uttoxeter Chip Pan Fire

30/11/2010

A group of people are to receive fire safety talks and free home fire risk checks from firefighters following a chip pan fire last night on Balance Street in Uttoxeter.

"Although we don’t condone people tackling fires themselves, the occupiers did do the sensible thing in turning off the power and they did evacuate the premises after putting the fire out."

Watch Manager, Jim Bywater

This is the second chip pan fire incident this month in Uttoxeter and firefighters are keen to avoid similar incidents in the future.

Watch Manager, Jim Bywater said: "Following a chip pan fire last night we have arranged to re-visit the property and some neighbouring properties to carry out free Home Fire Risk Checks and provide the occupiers who live in the properties with fire safety advice.

"We were called to Balance Street at 5.20pm last night after a chip pan caught fire and caused fire and smoke damage to the cooker and surrounding kitchen units. The three people present at the time turned off the power and used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out then left the building to wait for us our arrival.

"Although we don’t condone people tackling fires themselves, the occupiers did do the sensible thing in turning off the power and they did evacuate the premises after putting the fire out.

"We will now re-visit the affected property and surrounding properties to identify any further potential fire hazards to occupants, as well as checking that smoke alarms are fitted and operational and providing general fire safety advice in the home."

A crew from Uttoxeter and Abbots Bromley attended the incident last night and left the scene at 6.40pm.