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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire at High Street Restaurant in Burton

03/08/2011

Three appliances from Burton, including the aerial ladder platform and a fire engine from Barton-under-Needwood were called to a fire at The Ruby on High Street in Burton at 9.20am this morning.

"We would urge people not to try and tackle fires themselves."

Station Manager, Toby Wilson

On arrival, firefighters were faced with a fire involving a commercial chip pan unit. A carbon dioxide extinguisher was used to tackle the fire, which started accidentally after the unit over-heated and caught fire.

Station Manager, Toby Wilson said: "The fire was in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant which is on the ground floor of a three storey building. Above the restaurant are flats so the occupants of those were also evacuated whilst we dealt with the fire.

"No one was injured however the restaurant owners admitted to trying to tackle the fire themselves using water and a wet tea towel. It is very lucky they weren’t hurt whilst doing that and we would urge people not to try and tackle fires themselves.

"Instead, concentrate on getting yourself out of the property, close the door behind you then call us and wait outside in a safe place for us to arrive."

Crews left the scene at 10.05am.