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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chip Pan Fire in Tamworth

27/06/2012

Firefighters were called to a chip pan fire at a flat on Glascote Road in Glascote at 11.50pm last night. They attended a cooking fire at the same flat just two months ago.

"We have given advice to the occupant and would urge other people to take heed – look when you cook."

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

A crew from Tamworth attended the incident and found the occupant waiting outside. The fire started after a chip pan had been turned on and left unattended.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: "The male occupant had fallen asleep whilst cooking but luckily his smoke alarms woke him up and he was able to get out safely.

"We fitted the smoke alarms for him in April when we attended another cooking fire under similar circumstances. We have given advice to the occupant and would urge other people to take heed – look when you cook.

"We advise people don’t cook late at night and avoid cooking if you’ve been drinking alcohol as it is only too easy to go and sit down on the sofa and before you know it you’ve fallen asleep.

"Over half of all the accidental house fires we attend start in the kitchen and the majority are due to cooking accidents. Chip pans are notoriously dangerous because they can very easily over-heat and catch fire; we’d encourage people to use deep fat fryers instead."

The man was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene but did not need to attend hospital.