Four people suffered smoke inhalation after a fire in a kitchen in Earlston, Scottish Borders

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Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention.

Operations Control Edinburgh received a call at 10.10am this morning (30th January) to a reported kitchen fire at Jessamin Cottages, Earlston.  Crews from Galashiels, Lauder and Jedburgh fire stations were mobilised and quickly extinguished the fire and ventilated the property.

The cause of the fire was a kettle left unattended on a cooker hob.

Two females and two children were administered oxygen therapy due to smoke inhalation, however following an assessment by paramedics they did not require hospital treatment.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “It is so easy to get distracted while cooking - the doorbell can go, the phone rings, children can distract us, or we leave the room to do other chores while food is cooking. 

“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.

“We urge every household to have working smoke alarms and test them every week. We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke alarms where required. If you or someone you know could benefit from a visit, please join Scotland’s fight against fire and request a visit by calling the SFRS freephone number 0800 0731 999, or by contacting their local fire station.”

A wide range of tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe from fire are available on the SFRS website: