Boiled eggs prompt fire crew call-out
A pensioner had to be rescued by firefighters after his boiled eggs set off a fire alarm.
Two fire engines from Ashford and Charing were called to sheltered housing at Pett Lane, Charing, at half past midnight on Tuesday.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered and found his apartment filled with smoke and an ‘unpleasant smell’ after eggs left in a pan had boiled dry and started smoking.
Crews discovered a man aged in his 60s in his room, and led him to safety.
He was given first aid and oxygen, before being taken to the William Harvey Hospital for smoke inhalation.
It’s the latest in a string of fires in recent months connected to unattended food catching alight while being cooked.
Last week we reported how Ashford firefighters were called to a smoke-logged house in Cornes Close, Willesborough, in the early hours after sausages being fried caught alight.
And, back in April we reported how firefighters were called to a home in Oak Tree Road, South Ashford, after the cheese on toast of a woman in her 50s caught fire under the grill, when she left the kitchen to go and talk to a neighbour. Sshe dialled 999 when a smoke alarm went off.
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