Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Cooking oil causes kitchen fire in high-rise flat

Argent Street, Grays
02/02/2018 @ 18:49
Incident Number: 71432
In attendance: 2 x Grays, 1 x Orsett, 1 x Corringham, 1 x Basildon, 1 x Chelmsford

Firefighters were called to a small fire in a flat on the sixth floor of a high rise property in Grays.

Six fire engines were sent to the incident which is the standard response to a fire in a high-rise building.

Firefighters entered the building and managed to quickly extinguish the fire using a dry powder extinguisher.

Watch Manager Daryl Arnold, Grays Fire Station, said:

"The fire started from a pan on the hob which was full of oil and had overheated. We managed to extinguish the fire very quickly, and stopped the fire spreading to the rest of the kitchen. The fire has damaged the hob and the kitchen has minor heat damage. The smoke did not spread to any other room or flat.

"The occupants were not injured at all and did the right thing by leaving the flat.Their smoke alarm alerted them to the fire and they were able to get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

"We want to remind people in Essex the dangers of cooking, especially with oil. Follow our safety tips to stay safe your kitchen:

  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash.
  • If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot.  Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer.  They can’t overheat.
  • If your pan catches fire, turn off the heat if it is safe to do so.  Never throw water over it oil overheated.
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