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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire on Uxbridge Street in Burton

11/01/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning members of the public to be extra careful when cooking at home. The warning comes following an incident that happened this morning in Burton.

“The occupants were extremely lucky on this occasion to escape without injury.  If the smoke alarm had not activated the fire could easily have spread causing a far more serious incident with severe consequences.”

Crew Manager, Tariq Mahmood

Fire and rescue crews from Burton were called to the incident on Uxbridge Street at 11:55am. The incident involved a kitchen fire.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze and then ventilated the property.

The fire was caused due to a pan of cooking oil that had been left unattended on the cooker.

Crew Manager, Tariq Mahmood said “This incident highlights the dangers of cooking with oil and leaving food unattended. The property was fitted with working smoke alarms which activated alerting the occupants to the fire, giving them enough time to get out to safety.

“The occupants were extremely lucky on this occasion to escape without injury.  If the smoke alarm had not activated the fire could easily have spread causing a far more serious incident with severe consequences.”

The damage caused by the fire was confined to the kitchen.

The incident was closed at 12:45pm.