Canterbury residents urged to be careful while cooking
Two fire crews were sent to Heaton Road, Canterbury just after 9.30 on 26 November after control room operators received a distressed emergency call from the residents.
Once at the scene, firefighters in breathing apparatus made their way into the heavily smoke-logged building, extinguishing the fire shortly afterwards.
Watch Manager Matt Deadman, who attended the incident, said: "Fortunately the students were alerted to the fire by the smoke alarms sounding. On discovering the fire, the residents closed all the doors to stop the fire from spreading, got out of the property and dialed 999.
"After we tackled the fire it was clear what had happened; the food the students were cooking had been left unattended and - coupled with a dirty, grease, pan grill - it quickly caught light, destroying the cooker and causing significant damage to the kitchen worktops."
All of the students escaped the fire unharmed.
Matt concluded: "Although this incident is relatively small, it could have easily led to injury or serious damage to the property. It's easy to lose concentration while cooking, especially if it's late at night and you have been drinking. That's why we are urging people to always watch what you heat.
Firefighters are visiting the local area to offer fire safety advice and free home safety visits, during which, if necessary, smoke alarms will be fitted free of charge. To take advantage of this service call Kent Fire and Rescue Service for free on 0800 923 7000.
Alternatively, for more advice on how to keep you and your loved ones safe from fire, including how to regularly test and maintain your smoke alarms, log onto www.kent.fire-uk.org.
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