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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Following Cooking Related Incident

07/04/2014

A man suffered smoke inhalation following a fire at his home.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of monitoring cooking in order to prevent unnecessary fires in the kitchen. Just last month a man sadly lost his life following a cooking fire at his home in Tunstall. We are extremely keen to promote this safety message to prevent such tragic incidents from occurring in the future."

Station Manager Mark Hall.

The incident happened yesterday evening on Brakespeare Street in Sandyford.

Fire and rescue crews from Sandyford were called out at 7.25pm to an incident which involved a pan with food in that had been left cooking on a hob, overheated and caught fire.

The occupant had extinguished the fire by removing the pan and putting into the sink.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the smoke logged building and led the man out to safety before giving him oxygen therapy due to the effects of smoke inhalation.

They then ventilated the property using a specialist ventilation fan.

The fire had started due to food that had been left unattended by the male occupant who had come home and put a pan of food on the hob. He then proceeded to the lounge where he fell asleep.
 
The man was woken up and alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm in the property that was activating.
Station Manager Mark Hall said: “We cannot stress enough the importance of monitoring cooking in order to prevent unnecessary fires in the kitchen.

“Just last month a man sadly lost his life following a cooking fire at his home in Tunstall.  We are extremely keen to promote this safety message to prevent such tragic incidents from occurring in the future.

“If you leave the room when cooking 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.

“Fortunately the property was fitted with a working smoke alarm. If it had not been for the smoke alarm activating, we could be reporting a far more serious incident.

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