Flats evacuated after pan sets fire

A number of flats had to be evacuated after an unattended pan set fire.

Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 5:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 3:04 pm
Fire Service.Generic Fire engine and Fire service officers for Scarborough.Picture Richard Ponter 132217c

Neighbours to a flat in Raikes Parade, Blackpool, fled after a wailing fire alarm alerted them to the blaze.

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Blackpool fire crews arrived at the scene at 4.27pm, Thursday, December 22, to find the fire in a middle floor flat while the owner was out.

Crews say they quickly located and brought the fire under control with two breathing apparatus wearers and a hose reel jet. Smoke clearance of the property was done and on investigation the cause of the fire is believed to be an unattended pan left on the cooker.

A statement on the fire service website said: “The working smoke alarms in the property certainly alerted occupants of other flats of this fire and therefore allowed the fire service to deal with a small fire rather than a potentially large fire.”