Smoke alarm warns of unattended pot fire in Fife

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Smoke alarm gives vital early warning

Firefighters were called to a fire in a kitchen at a house in Cowdenbeath, Fife last night (22nd August) after the occupant was alerted by his smoke alarm.

Crews from Dunfermline and Lochgelly were mobilised by Operations Control Thornton just after 11.30pm and on arrival discovered a small fire in the kitchen caused by a pot left unattended. Donning breathing apparatus and using a hose reel jet firefighters extinguished the fire quickly with minimal damage.  They then ventilated the smoke filled kitchen.

One male casualty suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.  He did not require hospital treatment.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “Thankfully having a working smoke alarm alerted the occupant to the fire and gave that vital early warning. 

“Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended but there are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen.

“Don’t leave pans unattended. Take them off the heat if you have to leave the room. Fire starts when your attention stops. When you have finished cooking, make sure the cooker or oven is turned off.

“The kitchen can be the most dangerous place in the home. Fire can cause damage not just to your property, but more seriously can put family and loved ones at risk.

 “Smoke detectors give you that vital early warning should a fire start. We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke detectors where required.”

To request a home fire safety visit, call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or visit the website at”