Chip pan fire leaves two injured

St Peter’s House, Jacobs Wells Road, Hotwells, Bristol

A man and a woman have been taken to hospital after a fire in a seven-storey building used as flats.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they found the fire in the kitchen of a flat on the fifth floor was already out. However, two people were injured as a result.

It appears a woman in her 60s, who lives in the flat, had a left a chip pan on unattended and gone upstairs. The pan had then caught fire.

Fortunately the property was fitted with a working smoke detector, which was activating and heard by a neighbour. The neighbour had a key to the flat and let another neighbour inside, a man in his 50s.

He then went upstairs, found the woman and alerted her to the fire. He then went into the kitchen to deal with the fire and moved the chip pan into the sink. As the pan was extremely hot, he suffered burns to his face and hands and was treated by firefighters at the scene.

In the meantime, the woman, who was on her way out of the property, had fallen and was suffering from head and back injuries.

Another neighbour also ran into the property with a dry powder extinguisher and put the fire out.

Both the man with burns and the female resident were taken to hospital.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people never to leave cooking unattended as it can lead to fire breaking out and never to try and tackle a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999. Leave it to the professionals who have the right protective clothing and equipment to deal with fire.

A fire involving a chip pan can get very hot. Never try to move the pan, as burns and scalds can last a lifetime. Never throw water on to a pan of oil on fire as this will only make it worse.

Fortunately in this case the property was fitted with working smoke alarms, which were heard by the neighbour. Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your property as it can provide an early warning sign that fire has broken out and give occupants extra minutes to escape.