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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Kitchen Fires in Hours

16/07/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to ‘look when they cook’ following two incidents that have happened over the weekend involving kitchen fires.

 

“We strongly advise people to remain in the kitchen when food is cooking. If you leave the room you are more likely to get distracted and that’s when fires start. The message is simple, look when you cook.”

Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj.

Firefighters from Cannock were called to an incident at a flat in Fern Court in Hednesford just before midday on Saturday.

The incident involved a grill pan that had caught fire due to cooking being left unattended. The fire was out by the time firefighters arrived.

The flat was heavily smoke logged and had to be ventilated by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

Two 14 year olds were taken to hospital for precautionary checks and firefighters left the scene at 1.16pm.

At 2.35pm firefighters from Rising Brook and Penkridge were called to a bungalow fire on Burton Bank Lane in Moss Pit in Stafford.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire and ventilated the property.

The fire had started due to cooking being left unattended. Firefighters left the incident at 4.15pm.

Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: “Over half of all the accidental house fires we attend start in the kitchen and the majority are due to cooking accidents.

“We strongly advise people to remain in the kitchen when food is cooking. If you leave the room you are more likely to get distracted and that’s when fires start. The message is simple, look when you cook.”