Couple and their dogs treated after kitchen blaze

Filton Road, Horfield, Bristol

Two people and their pet dogs were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation following a cooking fire in a first floor flat.

Two fire engines were called after the male and female occupiers of the property returned home to find smoke coming from the windows. It's thought they had gone out for a few minutes, accidentally leaving a pan on the stove.

The couple, believed to be aged in their 30s, entered the flat to search for their two pet dogs that were still inside the property. On arrival crews from Southmead and Patchway fire stations entered the flat and used a high pressure hose reel to deal with the blaze. The fire caused fire and heat damage within the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the property.

Firefighters provided oxygen therapy for the couple and two pet dogs, who all escaped safely from the flat. The female was later taken to hospital as a precaution, while the two dogs were taken to a vet.

Before leaving firefighters fitted smoke alarms as the property was found not to have any.

Fires that start in the kitchen are responsible for more than 50% of the house fires attended by Avon Fire & Rescue Service crews. Many of those fires are caused by cooking being left unattended.

If you are cooking on the stove, particularly with hot oil or fat, please ensure you always stay in the kitchen. Leaving the room or losing concentration even for a short time can have a devastating outcome. If a fire does start you should get out, stay out and call 999.

Although it may be tempting to go back for pets and property you put your own life at risk - leave it to the professionals.

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