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House badly damaged by kitchen fire

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FIREFIGHTERS were called to two kitchen fires within hours on Saturday, one of which caused extensive damage to a property.

Picture: Jersey Fire and Rescue

At around 10am, the Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire at Maufant, where they found a kitchen fully alight and a fire that had spread to the first floor and roof.

At its height, the incident was dealt with by four fire engines and 16 firefighters, along with two off-duty firefighters who live in the area.

The property was described as 'severely damaged by fire and smoke' and crews stayed on site afterwards dampening down and making the house safe.

Shortly after, crews were called to a second kitchen fire, this time at Georgetown. On-call firefighters and a wholetime crew attended and found the occupier and his daughter outside.

In a statement, the service said: 'Alerted by his smoke alarm, the occupier had attempted to remove a pan of burning oil, suffering burns to his hands and arms in the process, before evacuating his family.

'Watch Commander Richard Ryan, whilst pleased that the occupier had a working smoke alarm which undoubtedly prevented further escalation of this incident, would like to remind everyone on discovering a fire to "get out, stay out and get the fire service out".'

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson
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