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Man injured tackling pan fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents not to attempt tackling fires in their home and to get out, stay out and call 999.

The warning follows an incident last night in which a man received burns trying to extinguish a frying pan fire in his kitchen. He soaked a hand towel in water and threw  it over the pan which then exploded. 

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics but was not taken to hospital.

Watch Manager Paul Danby from Brewood Community Fire Station said: "We were called shortly after 8.30pm to a house in Brewood Road, Coven. It seems the occupier had accidentally turned on the oven hob which had a frying pan of oil on it –  and then left the kitchen to make a phone call.

"When he returned he was met with a wall of smoke, could see the pan on fire and attempted to put it out himself by submerging a hand towel in water and throwing it over the pan. However, the towel was dripping wet and when the water hit the oil it exploded and a ball of flame and oil hit the ceiling, kitchen wall and himself. He was fortunate not to have been very seriously injured.

Paul Danby added: "We urge people to always call the Fire Service in the event of a fire and not try to put out the blaze themselves."

Firefighters from Brewood wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using a hose reel jet. They had to strip out kitchen cupboards and an extractor fan and left the scene at 10pm.

Safety tips on what to do if there is a fire:

• Don’t tackle the fire yourself – leave it to the professionals.
• Keep calm and act quickly – get everyone out as soon as possible.
• Don’t waste time investigating what’s happened or rescuing valuables.
• If there’s smoke, keep low where the air is clearer.
• Before you open a door check if it’s warm. If it is, don’t open it as fire is on the other side.
• Call 999 as soon as you’re clear of the building. 999 calls are free of charge.