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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man Rescued from Flat Fire

21/03/2014

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning members of the public to be extra careful when they are cooking at home.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of monitoring cooking in order to prevent unnecessary fires in the kitchen. If you leave the room it is very easy to become distracted and that’s when fires can happen."

Station Manager Neil Pedersen.

 

The warning comes following an incident that happened yesterday evening in Cannock, where a man had to be rescued.

Fire and Rescue Crews from Cannock were called out at 8.38pm to an incident which involved a fire at a flat on Fern Court.

Firefighters arrived to find the property heavily smoke logged and smoke alarms activating.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and led the man out to safety. They then ventilated the property using a specialist ventilation fan.

The fire had started due to food that had been left unattended due to the male occupant who had come home from work and put a pan of food on the hob. He then proceeded to the lounge where he fell asleep.

Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: “We cannot stress enough the importance of monitoring cooking in order to prevent unnecessary fires in the kitchen.

“If you leave the room it is very easy to become distracted and that’s when fires can happen.

“We also urge people not to cook when they have been drinking alcohol as it lowers your awareness of safety issues within the home.

“For example you could sit down on the sofa, intending to go back to your food but seconds later you’ve closed your eyes and then you’re asleep and oblivious to the developing fire in your kitchen.

“The gentleman on this occasion had a very lucky escape.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service urge all home owners to ensure that they are safe from the effects of fire and to regularly push the button and make sure their smoke alarm works.

Firefighters left the scene at around 9.15pm.