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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Rescue Man from Flat Fire

31/10/2011

Firefighters rescued a 40 year old man from a flat fire in Newcastle over the weekend.

"We urge people not to cook late at night as it only takes you closing your eyes for a few seconds and before you know it, you’re asleep."

Station Manager, Mark Wilson

Crews from Newcastle and Hanley were called to a flat fire at 3.25am on Sunday morning after a neighbour called the fire service reporting that the smoke alarms in the flat block were operating.

She also said she had looked through the letterbox of her neighbours flat and it was full of smoke. She’d banged on the door but couldn’t raise the man she believed to be still inside.

Station Manager, Mark Wilson said: "On arrival crews forced entry to the flat and found a man asleep. Food had been left cooking under the grill and it appears the man had fallen asleep.

"The flat was heavily smoke logged with fumes from burnt cooking but there was no visible fire so firefighters took the man outside and ventilated the flat. Once outside, the man was given precautionary treatment for smoke inhalation by paramedics, he did not however require hospital treatment.

"Luckily the smoke alarms alerted one of the other residents of the flats to the incident and the man was safely rescued. This incident highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms however the situation could have been avoided.

“We urge people not to cook late at night as it only takes you closing your eyes for a few seconds and before you know it, you’re asleep. We launched a cooking safety campaign in March this year to encourage people to look when they cook.

"If you are cooking, you should stay in the kitchen until you’re finished as it is very easy to become distracted and before you know it, you have a kitchen fire. This man was very lucky to have escaped unharmed."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s cooking campaign targets people who leave cooking unattended after shocking statistics revealed that 52% of house fires are caused by cooking.