Flats evacuated after pan sets fire

Fire Service.Generic Fire engine and Fire service officers for Scarborough.Picture Richard Ponter 132217c

Fire Service.Generic Fire engine and Fire service officers for Scarborough.Picture Richard Ponter 132217c

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

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

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.”