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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Following Cooking Related Incident

08/04/2014

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

“If you leave the room when cooking it is very easy to become distracted and that’s when fires can happen. If you do discover a fire don’t try and tackle it yourself, instead close the door to the room where the fire is then get out, stay out and dial 999."

Station Manager Ian Dawson.

The warning comes following an incident that happened on Friday morning at a flat on the High Street in Wombourne.

Fire and rescue crews from Wombourne were called out at to an incident at 7.35am which involved a pan that had been left cooking on a hob, overheated and caught fire.

The occupant, an elderly man had extinguished the fire by removing the pan and putting into the sink.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the smoke logged flat and led the man out to safety before giving him oxygen therapy.

They then ventilated the property.

The fire had started due to the male occupant putting a pan on the hob to heat. He then left the room and when he returned the pan was on fire.

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

“Only a few weeks ago a man sadly lost his life at a fire in his home in the north of the county. 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. If you do discover a fire don’t try and tackle it yourself, instead close the door to the room where the fire is then get out, stay out and dial 999.

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

Firefighters left the scene at 8.15am.