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Public reminded to Look When You Cook

March 24 2020

Firefighters are urging people not to leave cooking unattended during a time where more people are at home after an elderly woman was treated for smoke inhalation following a fire.

Cooking is a normal part of everyday life but leaving it unattended can have devastating effects in a matter of minutes.

Station Manager Martin Weaver

Crews from Lichfield, Tamworth Mercia and Tamworth Belgrave were called to a report of a mobile home on fire in Victoria Road in Tamworth just after 6pm on Sunday night (22 March).

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and utilised two hose reel jets to put out the blaze. A woman in her 80s was treated by colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.

An investigation found that the fire was accidental ignition due to unattended cooking.

Martin Weaver, Station Manager at Tamworth Belgrave Fire Station, said: “Cooking is a normal part of everyday life but leaving it unattended can have devastating effects in a matter of minutes.

“Cooking is one of the top causes of fires in home. People can get distracted or leave a saucepan on a hob unattended not realising it could cause a fire.

“Thankfully in this case, no one was seriously injured or worse but I’d like to remind people not to leave their cooking unattended, and check their smoke alarms.”