Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Sleeping man rescued from cooking fire

Baxter Avenue, Southend
01/06/2019 @ 04:19
Incident Number: 101545
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Leigh

A man has been rescued from his flat after falling asleep while cooking. 

Firefighters were called to a flat in Baxter Avenue, Southend, in the early hours of this morning.

On arrival firefighters entered the property, quickly found a man asleep in the lounge, and led him to safety.

Firefighters then tackled the fire, which was in the kitchen, and cleared the flat of smoke by 5.15am.

Crew Manager Scott Ford, Southend Fire Station, said:

"The man had started cooking sausages on the hob and then feel asleep. 

"It doesn't take long for an unattended pan to catch fire and if you're asleep at the time you're putting your life in danger. 

"Thankfully we were able to rescue the man and the flat only suffered smoke damage."

The casualty suffered from smoke inhalation and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.  

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

Don't have smoke alarms fitted in your home? We'll fit them for free! Visit or call 0300 303 0088 to arrange your free visit.

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