Newcastle firefighters were called to a chip pan fire at a property on Hollinshead Avenue in Cross Heath yesterday at 3.44pm.
"Just last week we released the shocking statistics that we have attended 37 kitchen fires in Staffordshire in just six weeks – this now makes 38 kitchen fires."
Station Manager, Mick Daniels
A member of the public called to report seeing flames coming from a property and called 999.
Firefighters found that a chip pan had been on fire but was out on arrival, leaving some smoke logging to the property.
The occupants were in attendance and said they had forgotten the chip pan was on and left the property, arriving home to find smoke coming from the kitchen.
Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: “The lady had turned on the chip pan then left it unattended and also left the property for around five minutes, forgetting the chip pan was on.
“Both occupants then came home a short time later to smoke in the property and compromised their own safety by entering the kitchen. They did not know the extent of the fire at this point and what they should have done is left the door closed, evacuated, stayed outside and called us.
“Just last week we released the shocking statistics that we have attended 37 kitchen fires in Staffordshire in just six weeks – this now makes 38 kitchen fires.
“We cannot stress this enough; please stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. Don’t turn appliances on then go out as it is very easy to forget about them - it doesn’t take much for a fire to start. Also, ensure appliances are kept clean and in good working order.
“Ideally a deep fat fryer would be a safer alternative to a chip pan as deep fat fryers are thermostatically controlled which takes away the risk of a fire breaking out due to over-heating.
“All cooking fires can be avoided and the simplest way to keep yourself safe is to look when you cook.”