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Service reminds residents to look when you cook and keep hobs clear after kitchen fire

9/11/2017

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to ‘look when you cook’ and keep your hob clear of flammable materials after a fire in a home in Stoke-on-Trent.

“It is extremely fortunate that this property had working smoke alarms and the resident had a Careline system in place which meant we were immediately alerted to the fire."

Station Manager Ian Read

The Service was called to Foden Street, Stoke, on Monday November 6 at 6.08pm to reports of as fire in a kitchen. Crews from Biddulph and Hanley attended firefighters wearing two breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and ventilate the bungalow.

The crews found the fire originated from the cooker after the resident had turned on the wrong electric ring and left it unattended. He had left a wooden chopping board and tins on top of the ring that was actually turned on and these began to smoulder and filled the property with smoke.

Fortunately the resident, an elderly man who with ill health, had working smoke alarms and pressed his Careline button which alerted the Service to the fire.

The resident suffered from some smoke inhalation as he did not leave the property and was treated by paramedics at the scene. 

Station Manager Ian Read said: “Fortunately the elderly gentleman did not suffer more serious injuries, just minor smoke inhalation but this could easily have been worse.

“We cannot stress enough how important it is not to leave cooking unattended and keep the rest of your hob clear of any combustible materials.

“It is extremely fortunate that this property had working smoke alarms and the resident had a Careline system in place which meant we were immediately alerted to the fire.

“This incident also highlights the messages we have been trying to capture in the SAME campaign which is that four factors make a person more likely to die in a fire. Smoking, Alcohol, Mobility issues and being Elderly. This gentleman’s age and ill health made him more vulnerable and if it wasn’t for the smoke alarms and Careline this incident could have had a very tragic outcome.”

For more information on home safety visit our website http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/HomeSafety.asp or call our Community Advice Team (CAT) for free on 0800 0241 999.

For more on the SAME campaign visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/4120.asp or ask the CAT.