West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is repeating warnings about cooking fire safety after three incidents yesterday evening.
The service is raising awareness of kitchen safety this month as more fires and fire injuries are caused in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home.
Shortly after 8.30pm last night staff at a nursing home in Worthing Road, Rustington, evacuated residents after a small fire in the kitchen, which was out by the time crews arrived.
At 8.45pm police, fire and ambulance crews were called to a property in Berrymeade Walk, Crawley, after an alarm caused by burnt cooking.
Earlier in the evening West Sussex was asked to support Surrey Fire & Rescue Service at a kitchen fire in Longbridge Road, Horley.
Last year, kitchen fires accounted for 63 per cent of all home fires in West Sussex, and the majority of these started on the cooker or in the oven. Fires starting in microwaves, toasters and grills were the next most common cause.
Reducing the number of fires started as a result of cooking remains a key priority for WSFRS and firefighters are running dedicated safety events at Homebase, Chichester, this Sunday (19th February) and at Sainsbury’s, in Haywards Heath, on Tuesday 28th February.
The kitchen incidents yesterday came during a busy evening for WSFRS crews and their colleagues at the Sussex Control Centre.
At approximately 4.45pm two crews from Worthing, and a crew from Shoreham, were called to a fire at a derelict warehouse in Halewick Lane, Sompting. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.
At 6.52pm two crews from Crawley were sent to deal with a horsebox on fire in Copthorne. The blaze is believed to have been started deliberately.
At 7.30pm crews from Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and Crawley were called to a crash between a car and a van in Eastern Road, Lindfield, in which one casualty was medically trapped.
At 8.23pm firefighters were called to Cuckfield Road, Burgess Hill, where a small fire had started in a metal container used as a drying room.
WSFRS Head of Operations Kieran Amos said: “This was a particularly busy evening for our crews and we are grateful to all of our teams, and our colleagues at the Sussex Control Centre, for the professional way in which they managed these calls.
“The cooking incidents serve as a timely reminder during kitchen fire safety month. Many such incidents are avoidable and start when your attention stops. We have lots of advice available to residents, both via our website and at local fire stations, but the one piece of advice we would give to everyone is to ensure your home has a working smoke alarm that is tested regularly.”
For more information on cooking safety visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-rescue-service/home-safety-advice/kitchen-safety/