Kitchen fires spark fresh safety warnings from KFRS
Two Sheppey appliances were sent to a fire at Clarence Row in Sheerness at 7.47pm on Sunday evening (24 January) after a cooker was left on and caused fat residues to ignite. The room was left smoke damaged.
Meanwhile, Sittingbourne crews were tackling a blaze at Lower Road in Teynham after paper which was left close to the cooker caught light. Crews were called at 7.42pm and had dealt with the small fire within eight minutes.
These incidents followed a similar fire in Coldharbour Lane, Sittingbourne at 7.19am on Saturday morning (23 January) when an electric hob was accidentally turned on and set light to a cardboard box which had been left on top. Two crews from Sittingbourne attended and had extinguished the fire by 7.34am.
KFRS Community Safety Manager Charlie Smith said: "Our crews did a fantastic job in attending so quickly and dealing with the incidents so swiftly. Fortunately no-one was hurt in any of these incidents while only fairly minimal damage was caused.
"However, these fires highlight the care that needs to be taken in the kitchen as a moment of distraction can quickly and easily lead to a major blaze - the outcome for others could easily be tragic."
Residents are advised to take the following safety measures:
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