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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen fire sparks safety warning

04/12/2014

Cooking Safety
Look when you cook!

Firefighters are warning people not to leave cooking unattended following a kitchen blaze in Brewood.

"I would urge people never to leave their cooking unattended even for a few seconds. That is all it takes for a pan to catch fire and, particularly if oil is involved, it can go up in flames rapidly. This couple had a lucky escape – the consequences could have been far more serious."

Station Manager Neil Pedersen

The fire involved a pan of oil which overheated and set alight. The couple had attempted to extinguish the flames using a damp tea towel before dialling 999 and leaving the property.

Crews from Brewood and Penkridge attended the incident at 6.49pm yesterday. They wore two breathing apparatus to ventilate the house on Westgate.

The incident caused smoke damage to the cooker hood and worktops. The residents were not injured as a result of the fire.

Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: “The owners did the right thing by leaving the property and contacting the fire service promptly – that would always be our advice. However, we would strongly discourage anyone from attempting to put out a fire out themselves - leave that to the experts.

“I would also urge people never to leave their cooking unattended even for a few seconds. That is all it takes for a pan to catch fire and, particularly if oil is involved, it can go up in flames rapidly. This couple had a lucky escape – the consequences could have been far more serious.”

Firefighters left the scene at 7.36pm. Crews have since done a leaflet drop in the area to highlight fire safety tips.

For cooking safety tips visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2276.asp