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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man Rescued Following House Fire

18/04/2012

A 52-year-old man was rescued by firefighters after a fire broke out in the kitchen of his Draycott-in-the-Clay home.

"The man had been cooking under the grill and had left the food unattended."

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

Firefighters from Tutbury and Burton were called to Fountain Road at just after 11.00am yesterday.

The caller was unsure if the occupant of the affected house was inside but could see smoke coming from the patio door, which was open slightly.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and found the man unconscious on the floor.

They rescued him and one hose reel jet was used to tackle the fire, which had started in the kitchen. The man was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: "The man had been cooking under the grill and had left the food unattended. The food had caught fire but luckily because the patio door was slightly open the smoke damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

"We have attended several cooking related incidents in East Staffordshire over the past few weeks and all were avoidable. We need people to listen to us when we say look when you cook – it could be life-saving advice.

"We launched our annual cooking campaign earlier this year to combat kitchen fires, which account for over half of all the fires we attend each year.

"We have seen an increase in house fires in the East Staffordshire area over the past few weeks so we would urge anyone who hasn’t had a free Home Fire Risk Check from us to book it now to help us keep you safe in your home."