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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chip Pan Fire in Burton

Burton Chip Pan Fire
Consequences of the Fire

A woman escaped unhurt after a chip pan fire in her Burton home.

Two appliances from Burton-on-Trent attended the incident at the semi-detached property on Carraway Drive at 5.51pm yesterday, Thursday.

"This incident would not have occurred if the woman had been using a deep fat fryer instead of a chip pan."

Brian Griffiths, Assistant Area Commander

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire which was confined to the kitchen.

The female occupant received oxygen therapy at the scene from fire crews but did not go to hospital.

The incident caused severe fire and heat damage to the kitchen area and smoke damage throughout the property.

Assistant Area Commander, Brian Griffiths, said: "The cause was a chip pan which was left unattended and caught fire.

"The woman was alerted to the fire by the property’s smoke alarm which allowed her adequate time to get out of the house.

"This incident would not have occurred if the woman had been using a deep fat fryer instead of a chip pan.

"Chip pans can cause serious fires because they can very quickly overheat and then ignite.

"We attend numerous fires caused by people putting their chip pans on and then falling asleep or getting distracted by a phone call or someone at the door.

"We would urge people to use deep fat fryers instead. They are much safer because they are thermostatically controlled which means they can’t overheat."

Pro-active fire safety campaigning by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to mark National Chip Week (Feb 15-21) will include a number of events in Burton. On Monday, February 15th, there will be a static display and video demonstration at Burton Central Library to highlight the dangers of chip pans. On Thursday February 18th and Friday February 19th, firefighters will take this display into the Octagon Shopping Centre while on Saturday, February 20th, public chip pan fire demonstration will take place in Market Square at 12 noon and 1pm.