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Kitchen fire sparks warning over pets

18/11/2015

Firefighters are warning people not to leave pets alone in kitchens after a dog knocked a cooker hob on, sparking a blaze.

"It is vital that pets are kept away from electrical items, such as cookers which can be knocked on by an inquisitive animal and that equipment such as phone chargers, televisions and hair straighteners are switched off at the wall."

Watch Manager Jason Richards

The owners had shut the dog in the kitchen when they left the property on Maple Drive in Loggerheads.

While the residents were out, the dog jumped up onto the cooker and knocked the control for the hob, turning it on. A coat had been left on top of the hob, causing it to smoulder due to the heat.

When the owners returned, the house was heavily smoke logged. They rescued the dog, which was unharmed, and left the property before calling 999.

Crews from Hanley and Newcastle attended the incident at 2.23pm on November 11. The fire was out when they arrived at the scene. A crew from over the border in Market Drayton ventilated the property and isolated the electrics.

Staffordshire firefighters left the scene at 2.48pm. The fire has been classed as accidental.

 Watch Manager Jason Richards, who attended the incident, said: "The residents of this property were extremely lucky that the damage was mainly limited to the kitchen and the fire didn’t spread throughout the house.

"It is vital that pets are kept away from electrical items, such as cookers which can be knocked on by an inquisitive animal and that equipment such as phone chargers, televisions and hair straighteners are switched off at the wall."