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Service urges look when you cook after Keele fire

March 2 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to look when they cook after a kitchen fire in student accommodation at Keele University.

Thankfully no one was injured during this incident which serves as a stark reminder to always look when you cook and ensure you have turned on the correct part of the cooker.

Station Manager Carl Mason

Crews from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Hanley and Sandyford were called to Keele Road at 12.11am on March 2. The occupier believed they had turned on the electric oven and left the room but they had in fact switched on the hob. A pan of oil left on top of the cooker has set alight and when the student returned to the kitchen they found the kitchen on fire and the smoke alarms began to activate. 

They alerted the other students and evacuated the building before staff at Keele University called the fire service. The crews wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel jet along with a dry powder extinguisher to put out the blaze.

Station Manager Carl Mason said: “Thankfully no one was injured during this incident which serves as a stark reminder to always look when you cook and ensure you have turned on the correct part of the cooker.

“Fortunately the occupier informed the other residents so all 24 students were able to evacuate and as the fire door on the kitchen had closed, the fire was isolated and this prevented it from spreading. Please take care when you’re cooking and do not leave it unattended.” 

For more cooking safety tips visit the Service’s dedicated webpage: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safety-at-home/cooking-safety/