Firefighters are urging people to take care when cooking after a blaze broke out in a Newcastle kitchen.
"The outcome could have been far more serious if the smoke detector had not worked, with potentially life-threatening consequences. This incident is a stark reminder of the importance of checking your smoke alarms on a regular basis."
Pete Hall - Community Support Officer
The incident on May Street happened just after 9pm yesterday when a pan of pasta was left boiling on the hob while the occupant went upstairs to lie down.
The resident fell asleep but was alerted to the fire when the smoked detectors activated.
She was able to escape the terraced property and called 999 from a neighbour’s house.
One crew from Newcastle wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel jet to tackle the fire which was confined to the kitchen. They then ventilated the building.
Firefighters handed out ‘After the Fire’ advice cards to local residents before returning to the station at approximately 9.25pm.
Community Support Officer in the north of the county Pete Hall said: “It was extremely lucky that the resident was woken up by the smoke alarm going off and that she had enough time to escape the property before the fire had spread. The outcome could have been far more serious if the smoke detector had not worked, with potentially life-threatening consequences. This incident is a stark reminder of the importance of checking your smoke alarms on a regular basis.
“The fire also serves to highlight the risk of falling asleep while food is left cooking on the hob. Never leave cooking unattended while you go for a lie down – it is all too easy to drift off and the result can be devastating.”
For more information on cooking safety visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/cookingsafety.asp
The Service offers free HFRCs which are available to anyone who lives in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent. People can arrange for crew members or trained technicians to visit their home at a time that is convenient for them.
They will speak to residents about safety in the home and, using this information, try to identify and minimise risk from fire. If a property does not have working smoke alarms, the Service will fit them.
To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp