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Two Kitchen Fires in 36 Hours

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to ‘look when they cook’ following two kitchen fires in the last 36 hours.

 

“We strongly advise people to avoid cooking if they have been drinking alcohol as it’s very easy to forget that you have left food cooking or to fall asleep and before you know it your food has caught fire.”  

Station Manager Neil Pedersen.

Firefighters from Rising Brook and Stafford were called to a property on Malcolm Road in Burton Manor, Stafford on Saturday at approximately 4pm. The fire had started due to food that had been left cooking under the grill unattended.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze and ventilate the property. The incident was closed at 4.40pm

A second incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning at around 3.30am when fire crews from Sandyford, Newcastle and Burslem were called to a kitchen fire on Fuller Street in Tunstall.

The incident involved a pan that had been placed on a cooker and left unattended causing it to ignite. The fire had been put out before the arrival of the firefighters. One male casualty suffered slight smoke inhalation and firefighters left the incident at approximately 4.15am.

Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: “We are currently running a cooking safety campaign due to the large number of fires we attend that are caused by cooking left unattended. The advice is simple –wait until you’ve finished cooking before you leave the room and then turn off any cooking appliance.

“We strongly advise people to avoid cooking if they have been drinking alcohol as it’s very easy to forget that you have left food cooking or to fall asleep and before you know it your food has caught fire.”

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 often 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.