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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Incident sparks reminder to take care in the kitchen

26/05/2017

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is reminding residents to take care in the kitchen after a fire.

“This incident highlights the benefit of having working smoke alarms and shows the importance of making sure all appliances and hobs, cookers etc are switched off before you go out.”

Chris Craddock, Crew Manager at Tamworth

The plea comes after a fire at a flat in Chesterton Way, Tamworth. Crews were called to the home at around 5.30pm on Thursday May 25 after a neighbour raised the alarm. The occupants were out at the time.

Crews from Tamworth, Chase Terrace and Lichfield attended and entered the home. They found a plug-in grill had been left on top of an electric hob, which was switched on and caused the grill to smoke.

Chris Craddock, Crew Manager at Tamworth, said: “Thankfully, the property was fitted with working smoke alarms which sounded and alerted the neighbour who called 999 so we could respond before the incident was able to develop.

“Fortunately, the damage was minimal but if no one had raised the alarm things could have been much worse.”

Crews responded with two breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet, thankfully this wasn’t needed and once the grill was removed from the home they spent time ventilating the property. They contacted the occupier and completed a Safe and Well visit with them on their return, advising them on kitchen and general home fire safety.

Chris added: “This incident highlights the benefit of having working smoke alarms and shows the importance of making sure all appliances and hobs, cookers etc are switched off before you go out.”