Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Unattended chip pan causes fire

Westridge Way, Clacton
08/12/2019 @ 18:07
Incident Number: 114270
In attendance: 1 x Weeley, 1 x Clacton

Firefighters were called to a house fire in Clacton earlier this evening after the residents heard their smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews reported that a chip pan in the kitchen was on fire and worked to extinguish it by 6:31pm.

The kitchen suffered fire and smoke damage.

A man was treated with oxygen for smoke inhalation and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Watch Manager Kieran Warner said: “Thankfully they had working smoke alarms, one upstairs and one downstairs which is great and those alarms alerted them to the fire. Please take care when cooking with oil and never leave cooking unattended.” 

Read our advice on cooking with oil:

  • 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

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