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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Rugeley

13/02/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people about cooking safety following an incident that happened over the weekend in Rugeley.

“We strongly advise people to avoid cooking if they have been drinking alcohol especially when it’s the early hours of the morning as it’s very easy to fall asleep unintentionally and before you know it your food has caught fire."

Station Manager Ian Dawson

Firefighters from Rugeley attended a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning on Lion Street. The emergency called was received at 1.08am reporting the incident.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire that was located in the kitchen of the ground floor flat.

The fire had started due to a chip pan being left unattended on the cooker.

The flat was heavily smoke logged and one male occupant was led to safety and treated by paramedics and taken to the Queens Hospital in Burton for precautionary checks.

Station Manager, Ian Dawson said: “The fire had started due to a chip pan that had been left under unattended and caught fire. We’d urge people to ensure they look when they cook as food can quickly catch alight, as this incident has highlighted.

“We strongly advise people to avoid cooking if they have been drinking alcohol especially when it’s the early hours of the morning as it’s very easy to fall asleep unintentionally and before you know it your food has caught fire.

“We’ll be launching our annual cooking campaign next week to coincide with National Chip Week. As part of the week we’ll be urging people to ban the pan and use deep fat fryers or cook oven chip instead.”

Firefighters left the scene at 2:14am.