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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Safety Warning Following Kitchen Fire

03/12/2010

Firefighters have attended their second kitchen fire in the May Bank area of Newcastle under Lyme in just two weeks.

"This incident serves as a reminder to people who are cooking to ensure all appliances and filters are clean. Thankfully the occupant was in the kitchen at the time and hadn’t left the pan unattended otherwise this incident could have been a lot worse."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

Crews attended the incident on Barrington Court at 6.10pm last night. The incident was just down the road from Kenilworth Grove where crews attended a chip pan fire two weeks ago. In both incidents the occupiers were injured as a result of trying to tackle the fire themselves.

The incident at Barrington Court involved a cooker fire and a female suffering minor burns to her hands. Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "The occupant had been heating up some oil in preparation to cook however the heat from the pan ignited fatty deposits which had set on the lining of the cooker hood.

"The lining caught fire and the occupant tried to put the fire out with pans of water however sustained minor burns in the process. She then called us out and we used one hose reel jet to properly extinguish the fire and applied some burns gel to her hand injury.

"This incident serves as a reminder to people who are cooking to ensure all appliances and filters are clean. Thankfully the occupant was in the kitchen at the time and hadn’t left the pan unattended otherwise this incident could have been a lot worse."

Crews left the incident at 7.10pm and delivered fire safety cards through neighbouring letterboxes. They will be returning to the area in the next few days to answer any questions anyone may have and offer free Home Fire Risk Checks.

Mick Daniels added: "People should not attempt to tackle fires themselves as they could seriously injure themselves and put others at risk. Instead, in the event of a kitchen fire, the affected appliance should be powered off if safe to do so they get out, stay out and call us to deal with it."