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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety warning after flat fire

June 2 2014

Cooking Safety
Saucepan on fire on a hob

Firefighters are warning people of the dangers of cooking after consuming alcohol following a flat fire in Burntwood.

"This lady had a very lucky escape – the situation could have had far more tragic consequences. I would urge people never to attempt to cook after a night out drinking. If you think you will be hungry when you get home, prepare a snack before you go out or stop off at a takeaway."

Station Manager Graham Mills

One crew from Cannock and one from Chase Terrace were called to the Oak Lane property at around 9.30am yesterday.

The Service was alerted to the incident by a neighbour who said the smoke alarm had been sounding for a number of hours.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus accessed the property through a window that had been left open.

The whole flat was badly smoke damaged and the female occupant, who was asleep in bed, suffered smoke inhalation. She was treated at the scene by paramedics.

The woman had attempted to cook a pan of pasta on the hob at around 5am after returning home following a night out.

Station Manager Graham Mills said: “This lady had a very lucky escape – the situation could have had far more tragic consequences. I would urge people never to attempt to cook after a night out drinking. If you think you will be hungry when you get home, prepare a snack before you go out or stop off at a takeaway.

“I would also encourage people to look out for their neighbours. If you hear a smoke alarm going off in a neighbouring property for any length of time, don’t hesitate - call 999. It could literally save someone’s life.”

Crews left the property at 10.25am.