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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chip Pan Fire in North Staffordshire

31/07/2012

A man has been taken to hospital after pouring water on a burning chip pan in north Staffordshire.

“The couple store their chip pan on top of their hob, which is something we advise against doing, and mistakenly turned on the wrong hob when coming to cook." 

Station Manager, Ian Read.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the home of an elderly couple on the outskirts of Newcastle-under-Lyme shortly before 12.25pm today.

Two rapid response vehicles, one driven by a paramedic area support officer, attended along with an ambulance crew. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A chip pan had been left on the hob. It had just caught fire when the man took it outside, then threw washing-up water over it. His hair and eyebrows were singed and he was suffering from smoke inhalation. He was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“His wife had minor smoke inhalation and she was also taken to the same hospital.”

Station Manager, Ian Read of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The couple store their chip pan on top of their hob, which is something we advise against doing, and mistakenly turned on the wrong hob when coming to cook.

“The chip pan then caught fire and although it was out on arrival the couple both suffered from smoke inhalation. Our advice is to keep hobs clear from items and not to use hob tops for storage. We also advise people double check that they have turned appliances off at the wall when they have finished using them and also, if applicable, put them into the ‘off’ position on the appliance.”