Firefighters rescue man from flat after chip pan fire in Edinburgh

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Occupant removed from property and treated for smoke inhalation

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to attend reports of a chip pan fire at an address in West Preston Street, Edinburgh on Friday 20 September 2013.

The fire damage was confined to the kitchen of the ground floor flat, although there was smoke damage to the rest of the property.

Three appliances and a height vehicle attended the incident which was reported at 6.57pm on Friday. Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the premises. The chip pan fire was out prior to their arrival.

Due to the type of building, operational procedures required firefighters to enter the flat with a high pressure hose reel jet and a line of hose, but they were not required.

One man was removed from the premises suffering the effects of smoke inhalation and later taken to hospital for treatment. No one else was injured during the incident.

Firefighters left the scene at around 7.26pm.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service issued a reminder to the public about the dangers associated with chip pans, saying: "Modern electric deep fat fryers are much safer than traditional chip pans as they have a safety switch that cuts them off to stop them overheating and catching fire.

"Try not to use a traditional chip pan if you can because there's always a high risk of fire."

If you do use a traditional chip pan, please follow the below advice:

*Only ever fill one third full

*Turn the handle to the side – but not over any of the other cooker rings

*Fry in small amounts – overfilling could cause spills

*Make sure food going in it is dry, not dripping wet or covered in ice.

* Deep fry when you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking drugs or if you are feeling tired

* Leave the pan alone - It only takes a second for a fire to start

* Never use water to extinguish a chip pan fire