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Unattended hob caused fire at home in Burntwood

October 10 2018
Fire damaged electric cooker

Fire damaged electric cooker

Three fire appliances, one from Chase Terrace and two from Cannock, were called to a kitchen fire at a property on Sunnymead Road in Burntwood just before 9pm last night (Tuesday).

Fortunately, the family living there had closed the kitchen door which meant the smoke was confined to that room. It appears that something had been left on top of a ring on the electric cooker and someone had failed to switch off the ring so it caught fire after they left the room

Station Manager, Rob Horton

Firefighters using breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet put out the fire in the kitchen of the maisonette which had been caused by something being left on a hob not switched off after use.

Station Manager, Rob Horton said: “Fortunately, the family living there had closed the kitchen door which meant the smoke was confined to that room. It appears that something had been left on top of a ring on the electric cooker and someone had failed to switch off the ring so it caught fire after they left the room. Luckily, there was no significant damage to the kitchen so they were able to go back into their home very soon after we’d put out the fire. This goes to show how our message about closing doors really can prevent fire and smoke from spreading.

“In this case the fire didn’t cause any serious damage; they were lucky. However, it could have been much worse. Please remember to always switch off cooker rings and ovens when you’ve finished cooking. “

There was no significant damage to the rest of maisonette and the home above was also unaffected.