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Two Accidental Cooking Fires over the Weekend

17/12/2012

Crews from Hanley, Burslem, Biddulph and Sandyford attended two kitchen fires yesterday – both caused by food being left cooking unattended.

"All cooking fires can be avoided and the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen to you is to stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking, it’s as simple as that."

Station Manager, Ian Housley

Hanley and Burslem firefighters were called to Grafton Street in Hanley at 1.08pm after a 999 call reported smoke coming from the property and the occupant was believed to still be inside.

Crews forced entry and led a man in his 50s to safety; one hose reel jet was used to extinguish the fire.

At 2.48pm, firefighters from Biddulph and Sandyford were called to Swallow Walk in Biddulph after a cooker caught fire.

Food had been left cooking unattended; crews used one hose reel jet to tackle to the fire. No one was injured.

Station Manager, Ian Housley said: “Unfortunately these types of incident are not uncommon for us and despite our constant safety advice we are still attending far too many kitchen fires.

“All cooking fires can be avoided and the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen to you is to stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking, it’s as simple as that.

“The majority of cooking fires break out when food is left unattended and it either over-heats or fat residue on appliances left behind from previous use ignites.

“Another common scenario is the wrong hob being turned on by mistake however it people stayed in the kitchen whilst appliances were in use, this is the sort of thing that would be noticed before it was too late.

“It’s very easy to become distracted whilst cooking but if for example someone knocks on the door in the middle of your cooking, just turn off the appliance you’re using and go back to it when you can give your full attention to cooking.”