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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Three Kitchen Fires in Seven Hours

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to be extra careful when cooking in the home.

"Chip pans can be very dangerous; therefore, we recommend that people use deep fat fryers instead as these have a thermostatic control. 

Risk Reduction Manager Glynn Luznyj

The warning comes following three separate incidents that fire crews attended on Sunday, all involving kitchen fires.

The first call was received 1.14am reporting a fire at a property on Metcalfe Road in Burslem.

Firefighters from Burslem and Sandyford attended the incident that involved a chip pan that was on fire.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one hose reel jet and then ventilated the property.

Fire crews left the scene at 2.55am.

Later that day at around 6.30pm another call was received reporting a fire on Fitzherbert Road in Sneyd Green.

The incident involved an electric cooker that was on fire.

Firefighters from Hanley and Sandyford attended the incident.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one hose reel jet.

The incident was closed at 6.51pm.

Fire and rescue crews from Kidsgrove and Sandyford were called out at around 10pm to an incident on Liverpool Road in Kidsgrove involving a chip pan fire.

The fire was out when the fire crews arrived.

The incident was closed at 10.48pm.

Risk Reduction Manager Glynn Luznyj said: "We urge people to remain in the kitchen at all times when they are cooking. If you leave the room it is very easy to become distracted and that is when fires start.

"We also advise people to take extra care when they are cooking late at night as they may be tired and if they leave the kitchen to sit down whilst food is cooking they could fall asleep and the food will overheat and catch fire.

"Chip pans can be very dangerous; therefore, we recommend that people use deep fat fryers instead as these have a thermostatic control."