Firefighters called to kitchen fire after shopping back left on oven

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FIREFIGHTERS put out a cooker fire which started after a bag of shopping had been left on top of it.

Crews from Peterlee and Seaham attended the address in Cotswolds Place, Peterlee, yesterday lunchtime after a smoke alarm went off.

There was nobody in the property at the time but a neighbour heard the alarm and called the brigade.

They had to force entry and quickly put out a small fire in the kitchen.

The cause was recorded as accidental and started after the electric hob had not been turned off fully.

A brigade spokesman said: “It is really important to have a good working smoke alarm.

“They give people valuable time to get out and, as in this case, even if there is no-one in, it can alert other people.”

The brigade used high pressure fans to clear the smoke from the property.