Unattended ironing sparks kitchen fire
FIREFIGHTERS are warning people to avoid storing items on top of their cookers after an oven blaze today (Wednesday).
Crews from Newbury fire station were called to a semi-detached house in Doveton Way, Newbury, shortly after 1pm when a pile of clothes placed on a hob caught fire.
Firefighters put out the flames within minutes but the room was severely smoke damaged.
The resident - a woman in her 30s who raised the alarm after returning to the kitchen from her garden - was unharmed.
Watch manager Lee Glover said: "It's important to keep the tops of cookers clear from flammable items."
This article appeared in Reading Chronicle 16 May 12