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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man Tackles Own Chip Pan Fire

A 60-year-old man attended hospital following a chip pan fire at his Uttoxeter home.

One appliance from Uttoxeter and one from Abbotts Bromley attended the incident at The Steeplechase at 10.51pm last night.

"Never re-enter premises when there has been a fire, even if it appears the fire is out, because smoke can kill too."

Tim Hyde, Group Manager

On noticing smoke, the male occupant extinguished the fire, rang fire control and exited the building.

But he went back into the house to try and ventilate the property, suffering smoke inhalation in the process.

Investigations at the scene discovered the cause was a pan which was left unattended on the cooker.

He was treated at the scene by a community first responder before being taken to Queens Hospital, Burton by land ambulance.

He was later discharged. Group Manager, Tim Hyde, said: "We would urge people not to use chip pans, grills or cookers late at night.

"And anyone suffering a chip pan fire should under NO circumstances try and tackle it due to the risk of serious injury.

"Ring the emergency services and get out of the property as quickly and safely as you can.

"And never re-enter premises when there has been a fire, even if it appears the fire is out, because smoke can kill too."