People are being urged to be more careful when cooking when they come home late after an incident in Oldbrook on Saturday.
A crew from Great Holm Fire Station was called to a home in Hutton Avenue shortly after 7.30am when a woman noticed a smell of gas downstairs. A family friend who is staying at the house had not turned the hob off correctly after using the cooker in the early hours of the morning.
Firefighters used a fan to ventilate the house and provided gas safety and fire safety advice.
Watch Manager Frazer Lewis said: “We have been to a number of late-night kitchen fires over the years which have been caused by people falling asleep while using the oven or cooker.
“Although there was not a fire in this case, the outcome could have been serious had the householder not come downstairs until later. We are relieved that no-one came to any harm.”