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Flammable item left on cooker hob causes fire

January 22 2018
Fire at Doxey Road, Stafford

Fire at Doxey Road, Stafford

A fire investigation has found the blaze in a home in Stafford was caused accidentally.

This is a reminder to residents not to leave any flammable items on top of the cooker hob even if you think it is switched off. We are seeing more and more of this type of fire which sadly could have be avoided.

Fire Investigation Officer Brian Griffiths

The Service was called to Doxey Road at 1.22pm on Friday January 19 to reports of a kitchen fire. Crews from Stafford, Eccleshall, Stone and Rising Brook attended and used one hose reel jet whilst wearing four breathing apparatus to put out the blaze.

Fortunately no one was in the property but firefighters did rescue a dog from the building. The dog was given oxygen therapy but sadly died shortly after the incident.

Fire Investigation Officer Brian Griffiths said: “We carried out a fire investigation and found the cooker had been accidentally turned on and clothing, which was left on top of the hob, had set alight and spread to other combustible items nearby.

“This fire has left the kitchen significantly damaged and there is further smoke damage throughout the property.

“This is a reminder to residents not to leave any flammable items on top of the cooker hob even if you think it is switched off. We are seeing more and more of this type of fire which sadly could have be avoided. Always ensure your electric cooker is off if you are not using it and where possible it is best to turn it off at the main isolation switch to ensure it cannot be accidentally turned on which is easier than people may realise.”

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