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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Cooking Fires Within Hours

21/03/2012

Stoke-on-Trent firefighters were called to two separate cooking fires within little over an hour of each other last night.

"The two females in the property said they had tried to tackle the fire themselves by throwing water over it, which was the worst thing they could have done."

Station Manager, Rob Barber

The first incident took place on Winchester Avenue in Bentilee at 9.06pm and left the two teenage occupants requiring hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

Crews from Longton and Hanley arrived to find a fire involving a chip pan was already out however still smouldering. They used one hose reel jet to properly extinguish the chip pan and ventilated the property.

Station Manager, Rob Barber said: "The two females in the property said they had tried to tackle the fire themselves by throwing water over it, which was the worst thing they could have done. This also resulted in even more smoke and left them needing hospital treatment.

"We urge people never to tackle fires themselves, no matter how small the fire is or how competent you think you are just don’t take the risk. Get out, stay out and call 999 and we will deal with the incident safely.

"We tell people time and time again how dangerous chip pans are and incidents involving them are not rare yet a lot of people don’t seem to listen. If individuals are insistent on using chip pans then we cannot stress enough how following our basic cooking safety advice is."

At 10.13pm, crews from Hanley and Burslem were called to an eleventh floor flat on Perry Close in Hanley to reports of a kitchen fire.

On arrival, they found a grill pan fire was already out and a man was suffering from smoke inhalation. He was treated by paramedics whilst firefighters ventilated the property.

Rob added: “Cooking fires often start after people either become distracted or fall asleep – if you’re cooking, make sure you look when you cook and stay in the kitchen until you’re finished.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched its annual cooking campaign to coincide with National Chip Week last month. The campaign is supported by hard-hitting posters bearing the message ‘Look When You Cook.’