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Kitchen fire caused by unattended cooking

Valentinus Crescent, Colchester
09/06/2017 @ 20:54
Incident Number: 56099
In attendance: 1 x Colchester, 1 x West Mersea, 1 x Manningtree


Firefighters rescued a man from his smoke logged flat last night after his cooking caught alight while he was asleep in another room.

Crews were called to a flat fire in Valentinus Crescent, Colchester, with reports that a person may be trapped inside.

On arrival firefighters discovered that the man was in the doorway of his flat and had been overcome with smoke. The firefighters carried him through the smoke logged communal area to the outside of the building.

Crews then re-entered the building to deal with the fire and reported that the oven was completely alight.

Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire by 9.30pm and left the man in the care of the Ambulance Service.

The kitchen has suffered fire and smoke damage and the rest of the flat and communal areas have suffered smoke damage.

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking - follow our cooking safety advice to stay safe in your kitchen.

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking - follow our cooking safety advice to stay safe in your kitchen.

  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob.  Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking.
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water.
  • Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order.  A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

The best way to stay safe in the home is to fit and regularly test smoke alarms. If you would like to arrange for a FREE home safety visit, during which smoke alarms will be fitted FREE of charge, then call us on 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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