Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Flat fire - cooking left on hob

Brook Street, Chelmsford
23/11/2017 @ 14:29
Incident Number: 67356
In attendance: 2 x Chelmsford

Firefighters extinguished a fire in a third floor flat in Chelmsford this afternoon (Thursday 23 November) after cooking, which had been left on the hob, sparked a kitchen fire.

The occupants were alerted to the fire by their working smoke and so were able to get out of the flat safely.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire within a few minutes, but the kitchen has suffered serious smoke and heat and damage from the fire.

Fire crews also used fans to clear the smoke which had spread along the corridor and to the upstairs flat.

Acting Crew Manager Michael Fletcher, from Chelmsford Fire Station, said:

"The kitchen is a major flashpoint for fires. More house fires start in the kitchen than any other room so we are urging everyone to make sure that they take care when they're cooking. Just a moment’s distraction while cooking could lead to a fire.

  • Avoid leaving cooking unattended and never leave children in the kitchen alone.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – they can easily catch fire.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • 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.
  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily. If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Never try to cook after a night out drinking. It is far better to grab a kebab on the way home than to attempt to cook while intoxicated.


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