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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Leek

22/08/2012

Firefighters have attended kitchen fire at a property on Priory Avenue in Leek this afternoon.

"We would like to remind people to ensure pots and pans are properly cleaned after use to prevent fires such as these from occurring."

Station Manager, Carl Mason

Leek firefighters were called to the property by the occupants at 12.20pm after a pan under a grill caught fire.

Station Manager, Carl Mason said: "The occupants were cooking however heat from the cooker transferred to a pan that was being stored under the grill and had oil left in it from a previous use.

"The pan accidentally ignited, causing a small fire which activated a downstairs smoke alarm. The woman went to investigate and realised something had caught fire so she turned the cooker off at the mains and evacuated.

"She did then re-enter the property to disconnect the smoke alarm to stop the bleeping which we would urge against ever doing – please get out and stay out.

"We would like to remind people to ensure pots and pans are properly cleaned after use to prevent fires such as these from occurring. Whilst at the property, we also found that the upstairs smoke alarm did not work so firefighters have replaced that as well as the downstairs alarm before leaving."

The occupants were uninjured and firefighters left the scene at 12.45pm.