Two people suffer serious burns during weekend kitchen fire

St. Catharines Fire Department CrestDeputy Fire Chief Frank Biancucci urges residents to take care in the kitchen and cook safely after two people suffered serious burns due to a grease fire.

The residents suffered injuries as a result of a fire at 623 Bunting Rd. Saturday, May 12 and were rushed to hospital. Biancucci said the residents were cooking with grease when the pot ignited on the stove. They sustained their injuries when trying to move the burning pot to the kitchen sink from the stove. St. Catharines firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which caused an estimated $500 in damage. The home had working smoke alarms

“Grease-type fires are very dangerous but some basic techniques will ensure the safety of occupants,” said Biancucci. “The simplest way to extinguish any type of fire in a pan or pot is to put a lid on it. Always have a lid accessible near the stove to cover the largest pot or pan being used.”

In the event of a grease fire the deputy fire chief said residents should cover the pot with a lid and turn off heat to extinguish the fire and eliminate other sources of heat. Having a multi-purpose fire extinguisher near the kitchen gives residents another option to extinguish a stove-top fire, but only if they’ve been trained in how to use one.

“If people are unsure about what to do, they should follow their home escape plan and call 9-1-1. Those simple actions will ensure they escape unharmed and get firefighters on their way to help.”

The deputy fire chief said cooking fires are one of the leading causes of fires in Ontario and reminds residents to never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen area, he urges you to turn off the stove or take a pot holder or spatula as a reminder of the cooking. Always keep dish towels, pot holders and other combustibles away from the stove burners.

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Source – City of St. Catharines press release



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