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Don’t cook drunk and ditch the chip pans – warning issued after Rotherham house fire

Firefighters from Rotherham, Dearne and Barnsley were called to a kitchen fire yesterday (Sunday 14 April) that originated from a chip pan that had been left unattended.

The call came in at 10.49pm to a property on Hurley Croft in Brampton Bierlow and upon arrival crews found the occupant outside, and heavy smoke logging indoors.

Breathing apparatus wearers immediately entered the property to extinguish the fire and stop the incident escalating.

One woman was suffering from smoke inhalation and was treated by paramedics. Firefighters left the scene around 0.15am.

The fire, which started accidentally after the occupant fell asleep whilst the chip pan was on, has prompted the service to re-issue the following advice:

  • First and foremost, never cook drunk. Many of our fires start when people start cooking, after having a few drinks, but fall asleep before they have finished
  • Secondly, ditch the traditional chip pans. Deep frying involves heating cooking oil, which sets alight easily, to extremely high temperatures. Go for oven chips, instead
  • Last, but not least, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home. These will give you early warning should fire hit


This content was last updated on April 16th, 2019