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Warning after chip pan fires

08/10/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to look when they cook following a trio of incidents that happened recently.

"The important message here is to look when you cook – never leave cooking unattended, stay in the kitchen until you’re finished. We would also encourage the use of deep fat fryers instead of chip pans as these are thermostatically controlled meaning they do not overheat like a chip pan quite easily can."

Station Manager Jim Bywater

On October 5 at 5.15am, fire and rescue crews from Tamworth were called to a blaze at a property in Ealingham, Stoneydelph.

The fire was caused by a chip pan that had been left unattended. The male occupant had put the pan of oil on and left it to heat up but then fell asleep leaving it to overheat and catch fire.

Fortunately the house was fitted with working smoke alarms which activated alerting the man to the situation.

The fire had been extinguished by the time the crews arrived. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus ventilated the property.

The male occupant was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

That afternoon, fire and rescue crews from Cannock were called to a bungalow on Banbury Road in Cannock.

The female occupant had turned on a chip pan and left the room, leaving it to overheat and catch fire.

The blaze caused heat and smoke damage to the kitchen and front room of the property.

A previous incident took place in a flat on Devon Road in Hednesford on August 14.

The fire had started after a chip pan had been left unattended on a hob which ignited setting fire to kitchen cupboards.

The occupier, who had fallen asleep in the living room, was woken by the smell of smoke. He closed the kitchen door, which prevented the fire taking hold, and went to a neighbour who called 999 shortly after 2pm.

Crews from Cannock and Penkridge attended the scene and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze with a hose reel jet.

Station Manager Jim Bywater said: "The important message here is to look when you cook – never leave cooking unattended, stay in the kitchen until you’re finished. We would also encourage the use of deep fat fryers instead of chip pans as these are thermostatically controlled meaning they do not overheat like a chip pan quite easily can."