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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Accidental Cooker Fire in Hanley

11/05/2011

Crews from Hanley were called to a terraced property on Festing Street in Hanley in the early hours of this morning after a cooker caught fire.

"The man was very lucky that the fire was noticed before it could develop further as there were no smoke detectors fitted inside the flat."

Station Manager, Carl Mason

A call was received at 12.20am and on arrival firefighters found the flat occupant and his neighbour from the flat above safely outside. They were both uninjured however they had tried to tackle the fire themselves using water, a dry powder fire extinguisher and a fire blanket before retreating outside.

Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which was contained to the cooker but has left both flats smoke logged.

Station Manager, Carl Mason said: "We would urge people not to try and tackle fire themselves. Get out and stay out and wait for us to arrive and deal with it properly and safely.

"The fire started accidentally after a gas cooker grill had been left turned on following cooking. We launched a cooking safety campaign in March to highlight the dangers of leaving cooking unattended as over half of all house fires last year were caused by cooking.

"The man was very lucky that the fire was noticed before it could develop further as there were no smoke detectors fitted inside the flat. We cannot stress enough how essential working smoke alarms are. If this man had been asleep the fire could have gone un-noticed until it was so severe both he and his neighbour could have been trapped.

"There really is no excuse not to have working smoke alarms as Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offer free Home Fire Risk Checks during which we will check your smoke alarms are working and if not replace them or indeed fit smoke alarms if there are none for free."

The incident was closed at 1.05am.