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Two House Fires Caused By Unattended Cooking


Derbyshire firefighters have attended two house fires in less than 12 hours due to unattended cooking.

On 2 April 2017 at 12:18 hours, firefighters from Swadlincote and Burton on Trent were called to house fire on Bernard Street, Swadlincote, when neighbours saw smoke coming from the property.  The occupants had gone out and left a pressure cooker on the hob.  Firefighters forced entry to the property and were able to extinguish the charred pan before a fire was able to take hold. 

On 2 April 2017 at 20:32 hours, firefighters from Kingsway, Ascot Drive and Nottingham Road attended a house fire on Montrose Street, Sinfin and rescued one male from the property who was handed over to the ambulance service for precautionary checks.  The male occupant had placed some cooking on the hob and fallen asleep.  Neighbours raised the alarm when they saw smoke coming from the property.  

Station Manager Adam Hind who attended both incidents said: “Kitchen fires account for over 50% of all accidental house fires and can spread rapidly causing widespread damage to the home and risk of significant injury or worse.  Thankfully on both occasions, neighbours were able to alert the fire service and firefighters were able to respond quickly before the fires developed and in respect of the fire in Sinfin, rescue one male.”

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

  • Never leave cooking unattended – if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat, or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • Double check your cooker is off when you have finished cooking.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order.  A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
  • Don’t cook after drinking alcohol. 
  • Have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home and test them weekly.
  • Have a pre-planned and practiced escape plan that everyone in the home is aware of.
  • If you have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999

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