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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Rugeley Kitchen Fire Started After Woman Fell Asleep

24/09/2012

Crews from Rugeley and Abbots Bromley rescued a 44-year-old woman from her Lovatt Court property in Rugeley at 10.36pm on Saturday night.

"We would urge people to ensure they stay in the kitchen when they are cooking, even if you’re waiting for an appliance to heat up before use."

Group Manager, Bob Dagless

A neighbour alerted the fire service to the blaze and said they could see the woman asleep on the sofa but could not raise her.

Firefighters rescued the woman and then extinguished the fire, which was confined to the grill pan in the kitchen.

Group Manager, Bob Dagless said: "The woman had turned on the grill pan, with the intention of cooking, and then gone to sit back down on the sofa. She however then fell asleep and fat that had been left in the grill pan ignited.

"Luckily the neighbour spotted the fire and called us which meant we were able to rescue her quickly before the fire spread and the smoke worsened.

"We would urge people to ensure they stay in the kitchen when they are cooking, even if you’re waiting for an appliance to heat up before use. It is all too easy to go and sit back down on a comfy sofa and drop off to sleep, please don’t take the risk.

"Whilst we were there, we also checked the smoke alarms and found that although one upstairs did work the downstairs one did not. Had this smoke alarm operated, it may have roused the woman, giving her time to get out safely.

"We will be launching our annual Push the Button campaign next month which encourages people to test their smoke alarms weekly to ensure they work and encourage people to get into the routine of doing this."

The woman received oxygen therapy from paramedics on scene but did not require hospital treatment.

Firefighters replaced the downstairs smoke alarm before leaving with a brand new smoke alarm. Crews left the scene at 11.28pm.