Dogs rescued from minor house fire caused by unattended cooking

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Firefighters from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a house fire in Dawley today just after 2pm (Tuesday, 17 December) where two dogs were rescued unharmed. 

The call was raised by a neighbour who heard the smoke alarm and called 999. 

Upon arrival, crews found that there had been a small fire, the cause stated as “unattended cooking.”

Officer in charge, watch manager Adam Tempest said: “Today could have been a very different story if it wasn’t for the actions of a thoughtful neighbour and a working smoke alarm. 

“The early warning provided by the alarm and vigilant neighbour gave us valuable time and ensured we were able help two dogs who were removed unharmed.

“Time and time again we attend house fires which have started in the kitchen – it is so easy to forget your cooking, especially if you are tired, distracted or have been drinking, particularly at this time of year. However, the consequences can be devastating.

"Our message is clear – never leave cooking unattended or turn your back, even for a minute.

“If you do have a fire in your home, our advice is to get out, stay out and call 999.

Crews used two breathing apparatus, positive pressure ventilation (PPV) and one hose reel jet. 

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17th December, 2019