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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Repeat Warning after Abbey Hulton Kitchen Fire

20/04/2011

Firefighters are reminding people about taking care when cooking following a kitchen fire in Abbey Hulton in the early hours of this morning.

"It is crucial that people ensure that each floor of their properties have working smoke alarms otherwise it is just sheer chance as to whether a fire is discovered quickly enough to escape safely."

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj

Two crews from Hanley were called to Abbey Road at 5.20am today after the occupier called to say their kitchen had caught fire. The occupiers were waiting outside with their pet dog and so firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to fully extinguish the fire and to rescue a pet tortoise.

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: "One of the occupiers had come home from a night shift and decided to cook some food on the hob. Unfortunately they left it unattended and a saucepan caught fire.

"The family were alerted to the fire after a ground level smoke alarm operated and were able to get themselves and their dog out and call the fire service. Two members of family did suffer some smoke inhalation before they escaped and have been taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

"Whilst we were inside the property, we found that there were no smoke alarms fitted upstairs so before we left we fitted one to the first floor as it is essential to have smoke alarms fitted on all levels of the home.

"We would also remind people never to leave cooking unattended as fires can take hold extremely quickly.

"It is crucial that people ensure that each floor of their properties have working smoke alarms otherwise it is just sheer chance as to whether a fire is discovered quickly enough to escape safely."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched a hard-hitting campaign in March targeting people who leave cooking unattended as shocking statistics revealed the number of kitchen fires attended by firefighters.

In the period from April 2009 to December 2010, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a total of 1,057 house fires – 52% of which were caused by cooking.