Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Kitchen fire: 3 people treated

Plumleys, Pitsea
26/06/2020 @ 18:37
Incident Number: 125596
In attendance: 2 x Basildon

Firefighters have issued safety advice after three people were treated for smoke inhalation following a kitchen fire.

Crews were called to Plumleys in Pitsea yesterday (Friday 27 June) at 6.37pm. The occupants had left cooking unattended in the kitchen while they were outside and the grill caught fire.

Three people went into the kitchen to tackle the fire but they suffered smoke inhalation, and one also suffered burns.They were treated by firefighters before being left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

The fire was extinguished by 7.19pm. The property suffered a small amount of smoke damage but the fire did not spread from the cooker. The cause had been recorded as accidental.

Watch Manager Howard Midwood said: "Our advice to people who have a fire in their home is get out, stay out and call 999. Wait for us to arrive with the proper equipment to tackle a fire.

"This incident also shows the importance of not leaving cooking unattended. More than half of accidental fires at home start by cooking so don't get distracted while your cooker or hob is on."

Follow our cooking safety advice to stay safe in your kitchen.

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • Make sure your oven and grill are cleaned regularly.
  • Don't leave 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.

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