skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Elderly Couple Had No Smoke Alarms

25/04/2012

Firefighters have expressed their dismay that an elderly Stafford couple involved in a fire didn’t have smoke alarms fitted in their home.

 “The lady was only away from the chip pan for a couple of minutes when the fire started, which highlights how quickly and easily oil can overheat and ignite. We strongly advise people to stay in the kitchen when they are cooking as it is very easy to get distracted and that’s when fires start.”

Station Manager Alan Bateman.

Fire crews from Stafford and Rising Brook were called to the couple’s home on Whithin Road in Hopton at around 7:20pm on Monday evening.

The fire was out when crews arrived but had been started by a chip pan which had been left unattended. The fire was only detected because the elderly lady went back into the kitchen and discovered it was on fire. The lady required oxygen therapy as a result of the incident.

Station Manager Alan Bateman said: “There is absolutely no excuse in this day and age for anybody not to have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes when we offer Home Fire Risk Check visits and fit smoke alarms free of charge. Especially not elderly people as we prioritise Home Fire Risk Checks to them and have run campaigns specifically targeting them. So as you can imagine when we turned up at this incident to find the couple had no fire protection we were quite shocked. They were very lucky to escape the fire without serious injury.”

 “The lady was only away from the chip pan for a couple of minutes when the fire started, which highlights how quickly and easily oil can overheat and ignite. We strongly advise people to stay in the kitchen when they are cooking as it is very easy to get distracted and that’s when fires start.”

The kitchen was badly smoke damaged and the area around the cooker was badly damaged by the fire. The incident was closed at 8.31pm.