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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen fire sparks safety warning

14/11/2016

Firefighters are warning people not to leave cooking unattended following a pan fire in Chell today.

"It was extremely lucky that a visitor at the neighbouring house heard the detector and raised the alarm immediately with Fire Control. This incident proves beyond a shadow of a doubt just how important it is to have working smoke alarms that are tested regularly. It also reinforces the fact that cooking should always be monitored and should never be left unattended."

Station Manager Carl Mason

Crews from Sandyford and Hanley attended the incident on Irene Avenue at 1.03pm.

The Service was alerted to the blaze by a visitor to the neighbouring property who heard the smoke alarms activating.

Crews wore two breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which caused light smoke damage throughout the property.

They ventilated the house and carried out a home fire risk check before leaving the scene at 1.54pm.

Station Manager Carl Mason said: "The occupants of this property had left a pan simmering on the hob while they popped out. However, they were gone for longer than expected and during that time, the pan set alight causing the smoke alarms to activate.

"It was extremely lucky that a visitor at the neighbouring house heard the detector and raised the alarm immediately with Fire Control. This incident proves beyond a shadow of a doubt just how important it is to have working smoke alarms that are tested regularly. It also reinforces the fact that cooking should always be monitored and should never be left unattended."