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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Kitchen Fires in Burton Within Hours

15/05/2012

Firefighters have attended two kitchen fires in Burton today which were less than three hours apart.

"We would urge anyone who hasn’t already received their free Home Fire Risk Check to contact us now."

Risk Reduction Officer, Jason Gardiner

At 11.40am, crews from Burton and Barton under Needwood were called to Fairway Road in Branston to reports of a microwave on fire.

On arrival the fire was out however a 69-year-old man had inhaled smoke whilst trying to turn off the microwave. He was taken to hospital for precautionary checks and firefighters discovered that though smoke alarms were fitted in the property, they did not work.

Risk Reduction Officer, Jason Gardiner said: "Not only is this another incident started in the kitchen, but it serves as a warning to others to ensure that they test their smoke alarms and remain vigilant, especially when cooking."

At 2.20pm two crews from Burton were sent to a reported kitchen fire on Uxbridge Street in Burton. On arrival, they found a fire in progress and tackled it using one hose reel jet. No one was injured.

The property did have working smoke alarms however crews have still carried out a Home Fire Risk Check before leaving the property. 

Jason added: "Fire crews from Burton have attended six house fires so far during May, five of which started in the kitchen. This is a grave concern for us as we do not usually see so many house fires in the Burton area.

"Following both of these fires, crews posted After the Fire literature to surrounding properties offering the occupants advice and a free Home Fire Risk Check.

"We would urge anyone who hasn’t already received their free Home Fire Risk Check to contact us now. A family of five who escaped a house fire just last week owe their lives to a smoke alarm which was fitted during one of our Home Fire Risk Checks so please, don’t put it off, just give us half an hour of your time to help keep you safe in your home."