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Kitchen Fire - Clayfield Drive, Repton


At 13:25 hours on 9 August 2017, Firefighters from Swadlincote and Kingsway attended a house fire on Clayfield Drive, Repton.

Prevention and Inclusion Group Manager, Steve Ratcliffe said: “Over 50% of all accidental house fires start in the kitchen, therefore it is extremely important that extra care is taken when cooking.  Leaving cooking unattended comes with a very real risk of fire and I would encourage everyone to be aware of this. 

“Thankfully, working smoke alarms alerted neighbours to the danger and they were able to call 999. 

“The fire was out on arrival of the fire crews who used a ventilation fan to ventilate the property due to the smoke from the fire.”

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following safety advice:

  • Don’t cook if you feel tired or fatigued.
  • Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Double check to make sure your cooker is turned off after using it.
  • Have smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms weekly – only working smoke alarms can give you valuable early warning of a fire, giving you the best possible chance of escaping a fire.
  • Have a pre-planned and practised escape plan that everyone in the home is familiar with.
  • In the event of a fire, Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

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