Firefighters remind residents to be alert after house fire in Abbey Hulton

Two firefighters in smoke-filled room

Firefighters responded to reports of a house fire on Abbots Place, Abbey Hulton yesterday (Thursday 2 December).

Crews from Burslem and Hanley attended the scene at 11:59pm, where a fire was located in the kitchen of a property.

Two firefighters using breathing apparatus successfully extinguished the fire at 2am the following morning.

A thermal imaging scan was conducted on the property and the surrounding area before crews departed the scene.

The cause of fire has been determined as accidental - whereby an electrical hob was left on.

Please ensure you switch off electrical and gas powered appliances after use.

When cooking, remember the following safety tips:

Look when you cook. Take any pans off the heat if you have to leave the room. If your pan does catch fire do not remove or attempt to extinguish it. Get out!

Do not use a chip pan, use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer instead

Do not leave children alone in the kitchen whilst cooking with the hob or oven

Do not place anything metallic in the microwave

Keep electrical leads away from water and keep electrical leads and cloths away from the hob

Avoid cooking if you have been drinking alcohol

Keep the oven and grill clean, a build-up of fat and grease may catch fire

Take care if wearing lose clothing as it can easily catch fire particularly when using the hob

When you have finished cooking, double check that you have turned off the oven

Do not use matches or lighters to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer.

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In an emergency call 999. General enquiries call 0300 330 1000.