A Newcastle man was rescued by firefighters from a fire in his upstairs flat on Ford Street, Silverdale, Newcastle-under-Lyme at 00.15 today (April 5), after his neighbour heard his smoke alarms operating and called 999.
“The kitchen was very heavily smoke logged and had it not been for the smoke alarms alerting the neighbour we could have been dealing with a fatal incident."
Watch Manager, Jason Richards
Firefighters from Newcastle and Hanley gained entry to the flat which was heavily smoke logged and found the man in his kitchen. They rescued him and paramedics treated the gentleman, who was suffering from smoke inhalation, before transporting him to Royal Stoke Hospital.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and discovered that the fire had started due to a chip pan overheating and catching alight.
Watch Manager, Jason Richards said: “The kitchen was very heavily smoke logged and had it not been for the smoke alarms alerting the neighbour we could have been dealing with a fatal incident.
“This highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms as they not only serve to alert the occupier but can also alert neighbours or passers-by who could make that life-saving call as was the case in this instance.
“Chip pans can very easily over-heat – they don’t need to be unattended for long before a fire can break out and chip pans notoriously cause potentially lethal amounts of smoke very quickly.
“The most important thing to do whilst cooking using any appliance is to stay in the kitchen whilst the food cooks - don’t leave it unattended. If you have to leave the room, turn off the appliance until you can return and ensure appliances are turned off and then the pan removed from the ring when you’ve finished using them.”
Firefighters left the scene at 02.08 today (April 5).
For non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999