Chip pan warning after kitchen fire in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to fit and maintain smoke alarms in their property after two incidents of kitchen fires could have been prevented.

Fire Crews were called to a kitchen fire in Cannon Street, Shrewsbury at 21:22hrs last night. Two appliances and an incident Commander all from Shrewsbury were mobilsed to the scene.

Two Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to extinguish the fire that had caused minor smoke damage to the ground floor kitchen.

The occupier of the property was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of mild smoke inhalation following their own attempts to extinguish the fire.

The fire would have been a lot more severe had it not been for the early warning given by the smoke detectors.

Again this highlights the dangers of leaving cooking unattended, particularly chip pans. The fire service cannot stress enough the dangers of such cooking methods and recommends the public use thermostatically controlled deep fat fryers as an alternative to chip pans.

Home fire risk assessments and free smoke detectors are available from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. For fire safety advice and further information contact 01743 260 298.

16th November, 2007