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Canterbury fire crews rescue puppy from home in Oxford Road after owner leaves hob on

17 July 2014
by Joe Walker

A puppy was rescued from a smoke-filled house this morning after its owner sparked a blaze by leaving the cooker hob on.

The dog was pulled to safety by fire crews after a neighbour in Oxford Road, Canterbury, heard the smoke alarm and called 999.

The owner of the puppy had left the house in a rush to deal with an alarm sounding at work – but forgot to turn the oven off.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Two fire engines were sent to the address shortly after 10.30am.

Crews in breathing apparatus rescued the puppy from the kitchen before clearing the smoke with a ventilation fan.

Canterbury watch manager Alison Aldridge said: “The homeowner had been cooking food for the puppy when she received a call from work that an alarm was sounding.

“She rushed off to investigate, forgetting to turn the pan off before she left her home.

“This was a really unfortunate accident but shows a moment’s distraction can lead to a fire in your home.

“If you’ve got to leave the room turn the cooker off and have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home.”

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