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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in the Westlands

Firefighters have tackled a kitchen fire at a flat in the Westlands, Newcastle. The incident comes just one day after a similar kitchen fire in Stone.

"A woman had got distracted by her children whilst cooking, causing a saucepan of oil to overheat and ignite."

Station Manager, Brian Griffiths

Crews from Hanley and Newcastle were called to the incident on Berwick Walk at 12.40pm this afternoon. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire, which caused severe smoke logging to the kitchen, using one hose reel jet.

Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: "A woman had got distracted by her children whilst cooking, causing a saucepan of oil to overheat and ignite. Luckily the smoke alarm activated, alerting the woman to the incident so she could safely evacuate.

"This is the second incident in less than 24 hours involving cooking left unattended.
Cooking left unattended is all too common a cause of kitchen fires and we are frequently seeing these types of fires starting when parents get distracted by their children.

"We’d urge people to stay in the kitchen whilst cooking and if you do need to leave the room to see to the kids then make sure you turn your hob off."

The Service’s cooking campaign was launched in February after statistics revealed that over half of accidental house fires start in the kitchen. The campaign specifically targets two groups who are most at risk of kitchen fires; families with children who can become easily distracted when cooking and men aged 40 plus who decide to start cooking after consuming alcohol. The campaign is supported by hard hitting posters bearing the message 'Look When You Cook' that have been circulated to public buildings across the county.