Warning over electric hobs after blaze
Firefighters are warning residents to take extra care with electric hobs after a kitchen fire in Ashford.
A resident was just about to leave her home in Bluebell Road, Kingsnorth, when she spotted smoke coming from the kitchen on the afternoon of Wednesday last week.
She discovered a small fire involving some clothing that she had placed on her hob while doing some laundry.
It appears that the hob had accidentally been switched on, setting light to the clothes.
The woman was able to put out the fire and when fire crews arrived, they used a special fan to clear smoke from the property.
Watch manager Mark Thomas said: “Fortunately, the fire was discovered before it was able to spread and therefore the damage was minimal.
“However, the incident highlights how easily a fire can break out and the need for people to take extra care around electric hobs.
“We regularly attend calls where items have caught fire after being placed on hobs as they tend to get used as extra work surfaces and they either get left on or are switched on accidentally.
“Such fires can be avoided by making sure you turn your hob off at the mains switch after use.”