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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man Rescued After Kitchen Fire

Firefighters rescued a man from the first floor of his Great Wyrley home after a fire broke out in his kitchen.

Two appliances from Cannock attended the incident in Broadmeadow Lane at 7.07pm last night. One appliance from Chase was mobilised but did not attend.

"Research tells us more than half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents."

Alan Bateman, Station Manager

Investigation found the cause of the fire to be food left unattended on a cooker. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the flames using one hose reel jet.

Station Manager, Alan Bateman, is urging people to exercise caution in the kitchen. Statistics reveal the county has suffered at least 300 dwelling kitchen fires every year since 2005. Since April last year the Service has been called out to 324 kitchen fires while in the last five years the total number of kitchen fires across the county is 1,614.

"The man received fire survival advice from Control staff while crews made their way to his home," said Alan.

"Fire damage to the property as a result of the incident was minimal, smoke logging was more of a problem.

"He had left food unattended on the stove which overheated."

Ambulance paramedics treated the man with oxygen therapy at the scene before transporting him to Walsall Manor Hospital.

"Research tells us more than half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents," added Alan.

"When you are cooking, fire safety may not be at the forefront of your mind. People often make the mistake of leaving pans unattended when the heat is switched on.

"If this does happen to you and a pan catches fire, switch off the heat, if it is safe to do so. Then get out, closing the door behind you and call 999. It is also crucial you have smoke alarms fitted in your property."