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Serious House Fire - Oakwood


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At 01:08 hours on 18 May 2018, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to attend a house fire on Peers Close, Oakwood.

Firefighters from Nottingham Road, Ascot Drive, Kingsway, Ilkeston, and Duffield, assisted by the Aerial Ladder Platform from Nottinghamshire’s London Road Station attended the fire.

On arrival Firefighters were met by a well-developed fire in the detached property. 

One male was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital as a result of his injuries.

Incident Commander, Station Manager Dean Gazzard said: “Firefighters have worked hard through the night to contain this fire, but unfortunately due to its severity, were unable to prevent the fire spreading throughout the building.”

A joint fire investigation with Derbyshire police concluded that the most probable cause was a chip pan fire.

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

  • Whether you use a traditional oven and hob, or other methods of cooking like a portable stove, make it a priority to keep the cooking area clear.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks. Turn off the heat if it's safe to do so. Never throw water over it.
  • Don't overfill a chip pan with oil - never fill it more than one-third full.
  • If the oil starts to smoke it is too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Don't tackle the fire yourself. Get out, Stay Out and Call 999.
  • Ensure you have a pre-planned and practiced escape plan.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them weekly.

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