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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

No Smoke Alarms at Kitchen Fire Property

30/06/2011

No smoke alarms were fitted in a property which suffered a kitchen fire this morning in Gayton.

"The concern for us at this property was the fact that there were no smoke alarms fitted at all – something that could have provided the girl with an earlier warning of the fire."

Stafford Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn

Firefighters from Stafford and Stone were called to a property off Vicarage Bank in the village at around 10.40am after a young girl had left some cooking unattended.

On arrival, crews found the girl outside of the property and she told them she had turned off the power after some bacon had caught fire.

Stafford Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn said: "The girl had done the right thing as soon as she realised there was a problem in the kitchen. She called the fire service straight away and then attempted to turn the power off. In doing this, she suffered a slight burn to her arm but was able to get outside to wait for crews to arrive.

"She received first aid from firefighters until an ambulance arrived to check her over whilst we went inside to assess the situation. The fire was out on arrival however had caused some damage to the work surface, grill pan and there was some smoke logging.

"The young girl deserves praise for her actions as although she had left the cooking unattended, she didn’t panic when she realised there was a fire and instead calmly called the fire service and told fire control operators what was happening. This reinforces the importance of parents educating their children about fire, which this girl obviously has been as she knew exactly what to do.

"The concern for us at this property was the fact that there were no smoke alarms fitted at all – something that could have provided the girl with an earlier warning of the fire.

"Firefighters have returned to the property this afternoon to carry out a free Home Fire Risk Check, which has included fitting smoke alarms. They will also be returning to the area over the next few days delivering after the fire literature to neighbouring properties.

"Working smoke alarms are essential and there really is no excuse not to have them as we will fit them for free if you don’t have any or they don’t work. Simply call 0800 0241 999 to arrange a suitable time and date for your free Home Fire Risk Check."