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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chip Pan Causes Cooker Fire in Uttoxeter

11/05/2011

Two crews from Uttoxeter and Abbots Bromley were called to a kitchen fire involving a chip pan and cooker at just after 1.30pm today.

"It was extremely lucky that the lady realised there was a fire as she had no smoke alarms at all."

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander Brian Griffiths

On arrival, crews found the 87-year-old occupant waiting outside her Oldfields Road home after smelling the burning chip pan and making her own way out of her home.

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander Brian Griffiths said: "The lady was understandably shaken up and had inhaled a small amount of smoke but fortunately did not require hospital treatment.

"The fire started accidentally after she had left her chip pan switched on and unattended. The fire has caused severe damage to the cooker and extractor hood and smoke logged the rest of the house.

"It was extremely lucky that the lady realised there was a fire as she had no smoke alarms at all. Firefighters fitted new smoke alarms and carried out a free Home Fire Risk Check before leaving the property and will return to the area over the next few days offering local residents free Home Fire Risk Checks as well."

The incident was closed at 3.00pm.