House fire in MoldPosted
Firefighters are once again warning of the dangers of leaving cooking unattended after an 81-year-old male was lucky to escape from a chip pan fire at his home in Mold earlier this afternoon (Saturday, 21st January).
Three crews – from Mold, Buckley and Deeside, were called to the property on Bryn Garmon shortly after 1pm to reports of a fire in the kitchen.
The occupier left a chip pan unattended and had returned to find the pan well-alight.
Kevin Jones, Community Safety Manager, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Fortunately the man was uninjured by the incident, however, leaving a chip pan unattended for any length of time can have disastrous results as the oil can easily overheat and ignite – even the smallest distraction could lead to a fire in a matter of moments.”
Fire officers are also issuing a reminder of the importance of having working smoke alarms after it was discovered there were no smoke alarms within the property.
Kevin Jones added: “Smoke alarms give an early warning signal which can save lives. Thankfully the man was able to raise the alarm but sadly that isn't always the case.
"Everyone should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."
Officers are asking to please make sure that you regularly check your smoke alarm, if you do not have one, or find that the one that you do have is not working call the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 169 1234 or visit http://www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk/keeping-you-safe/at-home/free-smoke-alarm/?lang=en