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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Cooker Fire in Amington

11/10/2012

Tamworth firefighters were called to a cooker fire in Amington, Tamworth yesterday at 2.35pm.

"Had the woman not been in the kitchen at the time of the fire it may have had chance to develop so we would also remind people that remaining in the kitchen whilst cooking is absolutely the right thing to do."

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

A 53-year-old woman had been cooking when the grill pan overheated and set fire to the cooker.

Luckily, the woman was in the kitchen at the time and her smoke alarms also operated giving her time to get out of the house, shutting the door behind her, and wait for firefighters outside.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and used hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. The fire was confined to the cooker, which has been destroyed, but there was also some smoke logging to the kitchen.

“Due to the lady closing the door behind her, smoke damage was limited to the kitchen and she received precautionary on scene checks from paramedics but did not require hospital treatment.

“It appears that the grill was turned on but overheated and because there was quite a bit of old fat and residue within the grill, this quickly set alight.

“We would urge people to ensure cooking appliances are kept well-maintained and are cleaned after each use. Had the woman not been in the kitchen at the time of the fire it may have had chance to develop so we would also remind people that remaining in the kitchen whilst cooking is absolutely the right thing to do.”

Firefighters left the scene at 4.16pm.