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Residents urged to ‘look while you cook' after lucky escape

26/4/2017

Shobnall kitchen fire
Shobnall kitchen fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents not to leave cooking unattended after a child was taken to hospital following a kitchen fire in Burton.

"As a Service we have already attended more than 80 cooking fires since the start of 2017 and urge all residents to look while you cook. Several of these blazes begin because the person cooking became distracted by something or someone and left their cooking unattended. Never leave your cooking unattended or the outcome could be disastrous."

Andrew Bourne, Watch Manager

Crews were called to a home in Shobnall Street at 5.09pm on April 12 when a 12-year-old boy was heating oil in a pain and got distracted.

The boy heard noises from the kitchen so he went to investigate and saw the pan was well alight. He tried to tackle the fire himself using a washing up bowl full of water which caused the blaze to intensify.

Watch Manager Andrew Bourne said: “Thankfully the boy was not burnt or seriously injured as a result of this fire but he needed hospital treatment due to possible smoke inhalation as he suffered with asthma.

“The house and the neighbouring property were left severely smoke logged and damaged but thankfully no one was seriously harmed which could easily have been the case.

“As a Service we have already attended more than 80 cooking fires since the start of 2017 and urge all residents to look while you cook. Several of these blazes begin because the person cooking became distracted by something or someone and left their cooking unattended. Never leave your cooking unattended or the outcome could be disastrous.

“So many people try to tackle fires themselves but we would always urge them to get out, stay out. Leave the property as quickly as possible and call 999 so we can deal with the fire.”

For more information and guidance about cooking safety visit our website by clicking here.