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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

CHIP PAN FIRE SPARKS SAFETY WARNING

20/05/2014


Firefighters are urging people to be careful when cooking following a chip pan fire in Newcastle.

"The couple had a very lucky escape. This incident could have been much worse if the hallway in the flats had not been fitted with working smoke alarms which were able to alert the couple to the fire."

Station Manager Martin Weaver.

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Newcastle attended the incident at Rothesay Court on Rothesay Avenue at around 12.45am this morning.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

The occupants of the flat had put a chip pan on in the kitchen and then both fallen asleep. The pan overheated causing it to catch fire.

The flat was not fitted with smoke alarms.

The couple were only alerted to the fire when the smoke alarms in the communal hallway of the flats activated they couple made their own way out of the flat prior to the arrival of the fire crews.

They were covered in soot and had suffered from severe smoke inhalation and so were taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by land ambulance.

A neighbour had also suffered from smoke inhalation as she evacuated the block of flats.

Station Manager Martin Weaver who was at the incident, said: “The couple had a very lucky escape. This incident could have been much worse if the hallway in the flats had not been fitted with working smoke alarms which were able to alert the couple to the fire.

“Anyone who does not have a working smoke alarm in their home should contact 0800 0241 999 and request a free home fire risk check. Crew members or technicians will visit people in their homes and fit new smoke alarms free of charge.

“We urge people not to cook late at night and when they are under the influence of alcohol as it lowers your awareness levels.

“We also encourage people to stay in the kitchen at all times whilst food is cooking. When you leave the room it is very easy to become distracted and that’s when fires happen.”

Firefighters left the scene at around 2.30am.