A warning to keep your cooker clean is being given by the fire service following an incident in Longton.
Fortunately this home had working smoke alarms which alerted neighbours to the incident and enabled us to quickly get to the scene and lead out the two occupiers.
Crews from Longton were called to Trentham Road on Sunday (October 19) at 11.30pm after neighbours heard a smoke alarm in the flat activating. When firefighters arrived they forced entry and managed to get two casualties, a man and woman, out of the property. Both suffered smoke inhalation and were checked by ambulance staff but did not need to attend hospital.
The building was smoke logged and crews wore two breathing apparatus to ventilate the property.
A fire investigation was carried out and concluded the cause of the incident was a build up of fat and debris on the hob.
Station Manager Lee Chevin said: "Fortunately this home had working smoke alarms which alerted neighbours to the incident and enabled us to quickly get to the scene and lead out the two occupiers. Without the alarms this could have had a far worse outcome.
"We believe the debris and build up on the hob caused it to burn and smoulder causing smoke logging in the flat. Please ensure you clean and maintain your cooking appliances. Incidents like this are completely avoidable if you take the right steps to prevent them."