House fire - West Town - Peterborough

Crews from Stanground and Dogsthorpe were called to a kitchen fire caused by a chip pay fryer.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the smoke and returned to their stations by 9.19pm.

Head of Community Fire Safety, Group Commander Kevin Napier said: “Chip pan fires are most commonly caused by overheating or overfilling of the oil in the pan. When using a chip pan, never fill the pan more than one-third full with fat or oil and always dry the chips before putting them into the pan. Never leave cooking unattended or put chips in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke. If you do have a chip pan fire, get out, stay out and dial 999.”

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