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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Dog rescued after starting kitchen fire

13/7/2017

The Service is urging residents not to leave flammable materials on cookers after a dog was rescued from a kitchen fire in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday July 11.

“It is really important not to leave any flammable items on top of cookers; even if you are positive they switched off."

Station Manager John Kitchener

Crews from Hanley and Newcastle attended the incident at Sutton Drive, Trent Vale, at 9.10am after a neighbour heard the smoke alarms and saw smoke coming from a window of the property.

When the crews arrived they had to force entry to the semi-detached house. The dog was rescued from the property and then two firefighters wearing breathing ap extinguished the fire. Fortunately none of the residents were in the house.

Once the fire was out investigating officers found the dog, which had been left inside the kitchen whilst the residents went on the school run, had jumped up at the cooker and switched on two of the electric hobs. This caused clothes which had been placed on top of the cooker to catch fire. The flames then spread to the nearby cupboards.

Station Manager John Kitchener said:  “It is really important not to leave any flammable items on top of cookers; even if you are positive they switched off.

“Thankfully the dog was not injured during this fire but things could easily have been very different.

“This incident also shows how important working smoke alarms are in a property. If these alarms had not alerted the neighbour to the fire the outcome could have been far more serious. Fortunately our crews were alerted early enough to rescue the dog and prevent further damage to the home.”

For more home safety advice please visit the Service's website by clicking here.