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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Unattended Cooking Causes Kitchen Fire

07/03/2011

Two crews from Longton were called a kitchen fire at a property on Kingsdale Close in Meir yesterday at 4.10pm.

"We cannot stress enough how important it is for people to get out and stay out in the event of a fire – nothing is more important than your safety."

Station Manager, Brian Griffiths

On arrival, the occupants of the property were waiting outside however admitted that they had attempted to re-enter the property to extinguish the fire themselves prior to calling the fire service.

Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: "Fortunately, no one was hurt during this incident although they could have been as the occupants had tried to go back into the house before calling us.

"We cannot stress enough how important it is for people to get out and stay out in the event of a fire – nothing is more important than your safety. We have trained firefighters and the proper equipment to deal with fires and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property using one hose reel jet to extinguish this fire."

The fire has caused severe smoke damage throughout the property and has also damaged the cooker and surrounding kitchen units. The fire was caused after food had been left cooking and unattended on the hob.

Brian added: "Cooking should never be left unattended and we always advise people to stay in the kitchen until they have finished cooking and then ensure all appliances which have been in use are turned off.

"Although this property had working smoke alarms and provided early detection of the fire, allowing the occupants to escape, smoke alarms do not prevent fires from happening in the first place.”
 
"This incident goes to show how quickly a fire can happen and just how much damage a small fire can do. A lot of accidental house fires occur due to a lack of awareness and education about the dangers of fire and therefore we urge everyone to take up our offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check.
 
"Simply call 0800 0241 999 and we can help to identify potential fire hazards in your home as well as talking through your habits and behaviours which may increase the risk of a fire in your home."

The incident was closed at 4.50pm.