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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chip Pan Fire in Leek

23/09/2009

A call was received at 10.24pm yesterday evening reporting a fire at a property on Alsop Road in Leek. 

Fire and rescue crews from Leek attended the incident which involved a chip pan that had caught fire.  Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze. 

Station Manager, Mark Wilson said: “This incident was caused due to a chip pan that had been left unattended and therefore caught fire. The property was not fitted with smoke alarms and so the occupant was very lucky that he spotted the smoke and managed to get out of the property without injury.”

"The property was not fitted with smoke alarms and so the occupant was very lucky that he spotted the smoke and managed to get out of the property without injury.”

Station Manager, Mark Wilson

“You should never attempt to tackle a chip pan fire, instead get out, stay out and call 999. The safest option though is to use a deep fat fryer instead – they are much safer because they are thermostatically controlled, meaning they can’t overheat.”

Firefighters fitted two smoke alarms and left the scene at 11.31pm. Smoke damage was restricted to the kitchen area and crews will return to the property today to carry out a full home fire risk check.