Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to two kitchen fires in Rugeley and Stafford within hours of each other last night.
"We would like to remind people that in the event of a fire, whatever the size, please put your safety first."
Station Manager, Toby Wilson
At 5.40pm two crews from Rugeley attended a kitchen fire at a property on West Butts Road in Etchinghill, Rugeley. The female occupant had put the fire out herself using a tea towel and water and when crews arrived they found her with a blackened face and so called for an ambulance.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to inspect and found that a plastic tray left on top of a hob had caught fire and produced a lot of smoke.
The woman was checked over by paramedics but did not require hospital treatment. Station Manager, Toby Wilson said: "The woman had tackled the fire herself and in doing so put her life at risk. We would like to remind people that in the event of a fire, whatever the size, please put your safety first.
"Our advice is get out, stay out and call 999 – don’t try to tackle fires yourself because the likelihood is you’ll end up hurt."
At just before 7pm crews from Stafford and Rising Brook were called to a property on Clarendon Drive in Western Downs, Stafford. On arrival they found similar circumstances to the Rugeley fire, this time a chopping board had been left on top of the cooker hobs and caught fire.
Firefighters put the fire out, no one was injured and they left the property at 7.45pm.
Toby added: "This type of incident is quite common for us. People leave items on the top of the cooker and either a lapse of concentration makes them forget they’re there or they accidentally turn hobs on.
"We would encourage people to ensure the top of their cookers and immediate surrounding areas are kept free from clutter and any combustible materials. A fire can quickly take hold which is why it’s also important to have working smoke alarms, so that if a fire does take place you receive an early warning and can get out safely."