Crews tackle two kitchen fires

Maple Close, Cadbury Heath, Bristol and 22.36 Redwick Close, Lawrence Weston, Bristol

Firefighters have dealt with two kitchen fires - both started after cooking was left unattended.

Crews from Kingswood and Brislington were first called to Cadbury Heath in response to a chip pan fire. The pan had been left cooking on the hob when the fire broke out. The two occupants of the house were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm which allowed them to safely leave the house and call 999.

On arrival firefighters used a fire blanket to extinguish the fire which caused damage to the extractor unit and smoke damage to the kitchen.

Later in the evening firefighters from Southmead and Avonmouth were called to a second kitchen fire in Lawrence Weston.

The occupier of that flat had also left a pan of hot oil unattended on a stove which caught fire. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and used a CO2 extinguisher.

The male occupant of the flat was treated by paramedics at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation.

Fires that start in the kitchen account for more than 50% of all house fires Avon Fire & Rescue Service attends. The majority of these blazes are caused by people cooking with hot oil and fats, often when they are left unattended.

Remember:

  • Never leave cooking unattended on a hob or under the grill.
  • If you're cooking with fat or oil make sure the pan is no more than one third full.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarm on every storey of your home - if the worst happens it will give you and your family extra time to escape.