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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Burton

17/12/2010

A Burton woman is thanking the fire and rescue service after a smoke alarm recently fitted by firefighters alerted her to a fire in her home on Wednesday afternoon.

"It is vital for everybody to realise that cooking should never be left unattended for whatever reason as one attention drops, for whatever reason, accidents will and do occur and fire can ruin lives."

Watch Manager, Jim Bywater

Two crews from Burton Fire Station attended the incident involving food overheating in a kitchen at the property on Queen Street, Burton just after 5.00pm on December 15th.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus use a hose reel jet and managed to quickly contain the fire with minimal amount of damage caused to the kitchen.

Crews are proactively seeking to complete free Home Fire Risk Checks in the area. Watch Manager, Jim Bywater said: "This particular property had recently received a free Home Fire Risk Check from us and the smoke detectors fitted by the firefighters did in fact alert the household to the fire. This allowed them to vacate the property and also reduced the damage to the property due to the early detection from the smoke alarm.

"It is vital for everybody to realise that cooking should never be left unattended for whatever reason as one attention drops, for whatever reason, accidents will and do occur and fire can ruin lives.

"This incident comes following a recent fire fatality in the same area and despite our proactive approach to make the community safer; we are dismayed to still see households refusing this free service."

The owner of the affected property on Queen Street, Pat Smyth said: “I’m very glad I took the opportunity to have a free Home Fire Risk Check from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service because the smoke alarms they fitted meant I had time to get out of my property safely.

"I don’t see any reason for people to refuse the fire service’s help as it is a free service and the advice they give you during the check is also invaluable. I’ll be making sure my friends and family in Staffordshire have their Home Fire Risk Checks now if they haven’t already because fires really can happen to anyone at any time and I know that firsthand now."

Firefighters are urging households within East Staffordshire to book their free Home Fire Risk Check now. Jim added: "The checks take approximately 40 minutes of your time and mean you’re not unnecessarily at risk especially through the festive period and New Year."