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Kitchen fire - Wembley

31/12/2020 11:30
House or flat fire

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at student accommodation over 17 floors on Empire Way in Wembley.

A small area of a kitchen on the seventh floor of the building was damaged by the fire. Onsite security teams evacuated all 150 students in the building, and the fire was extinguished before the Brigade arrived.

The cause of the blaze was accidental and attributed to use of a deep fat fryer.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Chip pans and cooking with hot oil can be really dangerous and the risk increases when you start frying food more than once. All it can take is for you to become distracted for a few seconds and your cooking oil can quickly go up in flames."

Firefighters remind people to follow their tips for reducing the fire risks of deep fat frying:

• Take extra care when cooking with hot oil as it can easily overheat and catch fire.

• Never fill a pan more than one third full of fat or oil.

• Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil – oil and water are a dangerous mix.

• If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.

• Use an electronic deep fat fryer if possible – they have automatic temperature controls, and are much safer.

• It's also really important to keep the hob, cooker hood and extractor fan clean too – built up fat and grease can ignite and cause a fire.

The Brigade was called at 1130 and the fire was under control by 1230. Fire crews from Wembley, Willesden, Park Royal and Stanmore fire stations attended the scene.

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