Overheating chip pan sparks fire

Homefield Drive, Stapleton, Bristol

Two women have been given oxygen therapy after the chip pan they were using caught light.

When firefighters arrived they found the 42 and 35 year-olds suffering from smoke inhalation.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one high pressure hose reel to extinguish the fire and the women were left in the hands of paramedics.

It appears the chip pan had been left unattended and had caught fire. The women had attempted to tackle the fire with a damp tea towel, but had been affected by the smoke.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people never to leave cooking unattended and never try to tackle a fire themselves. On discovering a fire, close the door to the room if possible, get out, stay out and dial 999.