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Teenager badly burnt in cooking fire

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety, Incidents - Structure

  10.57 AM 8 August, 2016


Location: District 8 News

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A teenager was severely burnt when he tried to move a pan of oil, which caught fire on a stove in Dandenong early this morning. 

CFA’s District 8 Operations Officer Sean Kerr said the incident was a timely reminder to avoid touching cooking, which has caught fire.

“Never move anything that is burning on a stove. Try to turn the stove off and call 000,” Mr Kerr said.

“If you pick anything up, as this young guy has done, it’s very easy to drop it and end up wearing it.

“Most importantly, while we’re still investigating exactly how this happened, it’s likely whatever was cooking had been left unattended – it only takes moments for things to get out of hand.”

Four CFA trucks attended, including three from Dandenong and one from Hallam. Crews received the call to attend the incident on Langhorne St at 5.40am and the incident was deemed under control in less than 10 minutes, with paramedics taking over. Police were also on the scene.  

The quick response of firefighters minimised damage to the kitchen, with only minor smoke damage occurring.

The patient has been transported to hospital.     

Last Updated: 08 August 2016