Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Unattended cooking causes kitchen fire

Military Road, Colchester
12/09/2021 @ 22:02
Incident Number: 152160
In attendance: 2 x Colchester

Firefighters were called to a flat fire in Colchester last night after a neighbour heard smoke alarms going off and called the Fire Service.

On arrival, two crews from Colchester reported that the kitchen in a first floor flat was smoke logged.

Crews extinguished the fire by 10:22pm and believe it was caused by cooking left unattended on a hob.

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking - follow our cooking safety advice to stay safe in your kitchen:

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen while cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
  • 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

Read more home fire safety advice here.

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If you or someone you know doesn’t have working smoke alarms at home, please get in touch so we can see how best to provide fire safety advice, either through a Home Safety Visit or advice over the phone.

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