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Woman Injured Tackling Chip Pan Fire

12/01/2011

A 23 year old woman has been taken to hospital with burns to both of her hands, arms and face after tackling a chip pan fire in her home.

"This incident serves as a pertinent reminder to people using chip pans, they should never be left unattended as they can quickly overheat and ignite."

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj

One crew from Burslem and one crew from Hanley were called to Adkins Street in Cobridge at 1.25pm today after men working nearby the property spotted smoke inside.

They called the fire service however during the call the occupier arrived back home and went inside despite being told about the smoke. Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: "The occupier had placed a chip pan filled with oil onto the electric hob, turned it on and left the property to go to the shop.

"On her return to the property, she chose to enter the kitchen and then attempted to pick up the smoking chip pan, however the oil spilled over the sides and burnt her. On our arrival, the fire itself was out however the young lady had suffered burns and has now been taken to hospital for treatment.

"Crews ventilated the property as some minor smoke damage had occurred and we left the scene at 2.55pm.

"This incident serves as a pertinent reminder to people using chip pans, they should never be left unattended as they can quickly overheat and ignite.  We’d encourage people to use thermostatically controlled deep fat fryers instead and to never attempt to tackle a fire themselves – let us deal with it."