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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Attend Another Unattended Cooking Fire

31/10/2012

Firefighters have attended another unattended cooking fire, bringing the total attended since the start of last month to 40.

"The question we don’t have the answer to is why do people continue to leave cooking unattended? Why are people not listening to our advice?"

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

In the early hours of Monday morning, October 29, firefighters were called to Edale in Stoneydelph by a concerned neighbour of a top floor flat after they heard smoke alarms operating upstairs.

Four fire engines, two from Tamworth, raced to the scene after reports from the neighbour that they could not raise the occupant.

They forced entry and rescued a woman and a pet dog; the fire was out on their arrival.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: "The woman had turned on a chip pan to cook then left it unattended. The chip pan caught fire and caused significant smoke logging which resulted in the woman requiring on scene treatment for smoke inhalation.

"Unattended cooking fires seem to be an increasing trend as of late which is a worry for us as these types of fire could quite easily result in fatalities. All cooking fires can be avoided and the majority of the time simply staying in the kitchen whilst you’re cooking is the best way to keep yourself safe.

"The question we don’t have the answer to is why do people continue to leave cooking unattended? 40 cooking fires in under two months is an abnormally high figure so why are people not listening to our advice?

"It’s easy to become distracted by something and before you know it, the toast is black or the pasta is overdone however the end result of this behaviour pattern could be tragic.

"The solution is simple – ensure you remain in the kitchen whilst you’re cooking and should you need to leave the room, turn off the appliance you’re using."