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Reminder to get out stay out following Cannock fire

August 7 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to get out and stay out if they have a fire in their home after a blaze in Cannock.

Fortunately this man only has minor burns and not major injuries which could easily have been the case. We believe he attempted to tackle the fire himself, once he discovered it in the kitchen, which lead him to get burnt.

Group Manager Brian Griffiths

The Service was called at 6.28pm yesterday (Monday, August 6) to reports of a kitchen fire in Broomfields, Chadsmoor. Crews from Rugeley, Penkridge and Stafford attended alongside an appliance from West Midlands but the fire was already out when they arrived.                    

The incident left one man, in his 30s, with minor burns to his face and hands. It is believed these were caused by flash flames from a pan in the kitchen he was using to cook with. Thankfully his wife told him to get out of the property before he was injured further. 

Group Manager Brian Griffiths said: “Fortunately this man only has minor burns and not major injuries which could easily have been the case. We believe he attempted to tackle the fire himself, once he discovered it in the kitchen, which lead him to get burnt. 

“Please do not try to put out a fire yourself. Leave the property, stay outside and call 999. Tackling fires is incredibly dangerous which is why it should be left to the firefighters. 

“We understand an initial instinct may be to try and do something when you discover a fire, especially when you are concerned for your home and possessions, but these things can be replaced, you can’t. If there is anything precious to you in your home you can tell the firefighters when they arrive and they will do their best save them for you.”