Staffordshire firefighters have today issued a warning following an incident on Forber Road in Newcastle yesterday.
"In the event of a fire we urge everyone to follow our advice – get out, stay out and call 999."
Group Manager, Brian Griffiths
Newcastle firefighters were called to the property at just after 1.30pm by Carecall after smoke alarms linked to Carecall activated.
On arrival, they found an elderly lady and her granddaughter stood outside the house and it was established there had been a small fire in the kitchen.
The ladies also admitted that despite realising there was a fire, they had re-entered the property to try and turn off the gas. This resulted in the elderly lady requiring oxygen therapy for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Group Manager, Brian Griffiths said: "Carecall were able to alert us to the smoke detector activation immediately however on arrival it was established that the women had risked their lives by re-entering the property.
"In the event of a fire we urge everyone to follow our advice – get out, stay out and call 999. Whilst their reason for re-entering the property was to try and isolate the gas, they endangered their lives and this incident could have had a very different outcome."
The fire started after food had been left cooking unattended on a gas hob whilst the occupant and her granddaughter popped across the road to visit a neighbour.
Brian added: This incident just goes to show how quickly a fire can happen and they are very lucky that the detectors quickly alerted Carecall. It is really important that people look when they cook and that means staying in the kitchen until you are finished cooking.
If you do need to leave the room whilst cooking then turn off the appliance you are using - it isn’t worth the risk."