The fire brigade has warned people away from using chip pans after a fire in Sunderland.
Firefighters from Sunderland Central were called to Thelma Street, in Millfield, at 7.50pm yesterday after a chip pan caught on fire.
Watch manager Gordon Chalk said: "We always tell people to replace their chip pan and use oven chips or a deep fat fryer instead because they can be very dangerous."
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