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Firefighter’s Plea to Residents: Don’t Tackle Fires Yourself

05/09/2012

Burton firefighters have issued a plea to residents not to tackle fires themselves following an incident in Stapenhill last night.

"If a fire does break out while you’re cooking, please don’t try to tackle it yourself – get out, stay out and call 999."

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

Crews were called to Baker Street just before 9pm last night by the ambulance service, who had received a call for help from the niece of an elderly lady.

A lady in her 70s had suffered burns after spilling hot oil on herself following a chip pan fire in her home.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: "The lady had been cooking chips using a chip pan which overheated and caught fire. We’ve been told that she tackled the fire herself using a towel and then tried to carry the chip pan to the sink.

"Unfortunately she spilled the hot oil down herself which resulted in her receiving burns for which she is now having treatment for in hospital.

"The downstairs smoke alarm did not work so no one was aware of the fire until the lady contacted her niece to tell her what had happened. Her niece rushed over and called for an ambulance.

"We would urge people to use deep fat fryers or cook oven chips instead of using chip pans as they can be incredibly dangerous. If a fire does break out while you’re cooking, please don’t try to tackle it yourself – get out, stay out and call 999."

Firefighters left the scene at 9.49pm.