Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Kitchen fire caused by unattended cooking

Carnarvon Road, Clacton
15/05/2019 @ 17:01
Incident Number:
In attendance: 2 x Clacton

Crews were called to a flat in Clacton after reports of a fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the flat was heavily smoke logged and quickly located that the smoke was coming from a worktop cooker in the kitchen. 

Crews then rescued a dog from the property and quickly extinguished the fire and cleared the smoke by 5.30pm.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, and started after the worktop oven was left on and caught alight to magazines which were piled on top. 

The kitchen has suffered light smoke damage.

How 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.
  • Keep your cooker and hob area clear once 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.

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