Man has lucky escape from grill pan fire

Just before 1am on Saturday 10 May two Appliances and an Incident Commander from Shrewsbury were alerted to a strong smell of burning and a smoke detector activating in Worcester Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury.

On arrival Firefighters had to gain entry to a property through a first floor window using a ladder as no one could be raised at the address.

Following a brief search, one male adult was discovered asleep and was led to safety.

The fire involved food on a grill pan which had been left unattended, the fire was out upon arrival of the fire service but had caused damage to the cooker and minor smoke damage to the rest of the property. The Ambulance Service attended the scene but were not required.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to emphasize to members of the public about the dangers of cooking food late at night whilst tired or under the influence of alcohol and to the importance of having working smoke detectors. In this instance the smoke alarms alerted a neighbour to the incident who called out the fire service which in turn prevented a much more serious event occurring.

Any members of the public who wish to have free smoke detectors and a home safety survey please contact Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service on 01743 260 298

12th May, 2008