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Kitchen Safety Reminder Following Fire in Brereton

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents about the importance of kitchen safety after a woman was taken to hospital following a fire in her Brereton home.

The incident, on Swan Place, happened just before 1pm on Thursday and involved a radio which had set alight after it had been left on top of a portable electric hob that was switched on. When crews from Rugeley and Abbots Bromley arrived one woman suffering from smoke inhalation was being cared for by neighbours, she was then taken to Stafford General Hospital.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one hose reel jet and were at the incident for approximately one hour and 45 minutes. The fire caused smoke damage throughout the whole of the property.

Station Manager, Ian Dawson said: "This is the second kitchen fire in less than a week that Rugeley firefighters have attended that has involved a hob being left switched on. Hobs should be switched off when they aren’t in use and non-cooking related items should never be left on top of them. More than half of the accidental fires we attend start in the kitchen which is why it is so important to take extra care during and after cooking."