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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chip Pan Fire in Stafford

04/07/2012

Firefighters from Rising Brook and Stafford attended an incident on Barnes Road in Highfields, Stafford in the early hours of yesterday morning.

 

“If it had not been for the neighbour calling the fire service, we could be reporting a far more serious incident.”

Station Manager Neil Burton.

The call was received just after midnight reporting a kitchen fire at a ground floor flat.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. They remained at the scene for some time ventilating the property.

The fire was caused due to a chip pan that had been left unattended.

Station Manager Neil Burton said: “A neighbour raised the alarm by calling 999 as the occupant was asleep.

“The hard wired smoke alarms that were fitted in the flat had been removed.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms. The occupant was extremely lucky to get out of the property.

“If it had not been for the neighbour calling the fire service, we could be reporting a far more serious incident.”

The casualty was taken to hospital by land ambulance suffering smoke inhalation.

The kitchen of the flat was damaged by the smoke.

The incident was closed just before 1pm.