Fam­ily flee af­ter chip pan ig­nites

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blaze Horrors - By Vicky Cas­tle

An Ash­ford mum and her two chil­dren were lucky to es­cape a kitchen blaze af­ter a chip pan caught light.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the ground floor flat in Tow­ers View, Ken­ning­ton at around 10.55pm last Thurs­day.

Two en­gines spent around an hour and a half ex­tin­guish­ing the blaze, which caused ‘quite a bit’ of a dam­age to the house.

A mother was given oxy­gen ther­apy for the af­fects of breath­ing in smoke af­ter try­ing to tackle the blaze her­self and two chil­dren were also checked over .

A spokesman for Kent Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice said: “Luck­ily the smoke alarm alerted the res­i­dent and they were able to get out.

“There was quite a bit of dam­age. Let’s just say it will defi- nitely need re­dec­o­rat­ing.”

This in­ci­dent fol­lows a sim­i­lar fire at a house in Swan­ley ear­lier in the evening at 6.28pm, which also in­volved an unat­tended chip pan.

Com­mu­nity safety man­ager Char­lie Smith said: “It is be­lieved that dis­trac­tion played a ma­jor part in both of th­ese fires.

“It is so easy to get di­verted and walk away from your cook­ing, but as th­ese in­ci­dents high­light, kitchen fires can be dev­as­tat­ing, putting you and your fam­ily at risk and caus­ing dam­age to your home.

“I would urge peo­ple to take ex­tra care not to leave cook­ing unat­tended, and opt for a ther­mo­stat-con­trolled deep fat fryer or oven chips in­stead of us­ing an open pan, as hot oil can over­heat and ig­nite very eas­ily and can spread ex­tremely quickly.

“If you must use a chip pan please fol­low our chip pan safety ad­vice and in the event of a fire in­volv­ing oil, never at­tempt to put it out with wa­ter.

“The ad­vice is to turn off the heat if it is safe to do so, get you and your fam­ily out of the prop­erty im­me­di­ately, clos­ing the doors be­hind you, and call 999.

“It is also vi­tal to have a work­ing smoke alarm fit­ted on each floor of you home to pro­vide early warn­ing in the event of a fire.”

For fur­ther safety ad­vice visit www.kent.fire-uk.org or call 0800 923 7000.

Pic­ture: Kent Fire and Res­cue

Char­lie Smith, from Kent Fire and Res­cue

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