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Cooking Fires over the Weekend

05/10/2009

Burton Firefighters have attended two incidents at the weekend that involved cooking food left unattended.

The first incident was at the Milton House YMCA on Milton Street in Burton at 7.39am on Saturday morning. One crew from Burton attended the incident which involved food on a hob which had overheated. One man was lead to safety by a neighbour prior to crews arriving.

The second incident was at Branston Green Flats, Branston Road, Branston. Initial reports were that there were people still within the flat, two crews from Burton and one from Tutbury were sent. On arrival the occupiers had evacuated the building and the fire, which involved an overheated grill pan, had gone out. Two casualties were checked by paramedics for smoke inhalation but didn’t attend hospital.

Assistant Area Commander for East Staffs, Brian Griffiths said: “In both these incidents the occupiers had returned from a night out and had decided to cook food. There is clearly an increased risk of accidental fires occurring in the early hours of the morning caused by people returning from a night out and then deciding to cook – it really isn’t advisable as it’s so easy to fall asleep.  We’d advise people to opt for something that doesn’t involve using the cooker so they don’t run the risk of being involved in a fire.”

“There is clearly an increased risk of accidental fires occurring in the early hours of the morning caused by people returning from a night out and then deciding to cook – it really isn’t advisable as it’s so easy to fall asleep. .”

Assistant Area Commander for East Staffs, Brian Griffiths