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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Burntwood

09/10/2012

Fire and rescue crews from Lichfield and Chase Terrace were called to a property on Highfield Road in Burntwood last night.

“Fortunately this property was fitted with working smoking alarms. If it hadn’t been for the smoke alarms the situation could have been far more serious."

Station Manager Jim Bywater.

The call was received at 8.38pm reporting the incident which involved a grill pan that had been left unattended and caught fire.

The fire was out when firefighters arrived and the family had all made their way out of the house to safety.

The female occupant had been cooking and left the kitchen. She was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm that activated giving her time to evacuate the rest of the family and call the fire service.

Station Manager Jim Bywater said: “Fortunately this property was fitted with working smoking alarms. If it hadn’t been for the smoke alarms the situation could have been far more serious.

“We strongly advise people to remain in the kitchen at all times when they are cooking, as it is very easy to become distracted and that’s when fires happen as this incident has highlighted.”

Firefighters isolated the gas supply and removed the cooker from the property.

The fire caused slight smoke damage to the kitchen.

The incident was closed at 9.40pm.