Burnley woman hurt after toaster fire

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A BURNLEY woman suffered smoke inhalation after her toaster caught fire.

The 46-year-old had been making toast when the electrical appliance burst into flames at her Kime Street home on Sunday night.

The woman tried to extinguish the fire using a wet tea towel but this just fanned the flames.

Fire crews were called to the address at 9-10pm to help bring the blaze under control.

Watch manager Neil Ashworth, of Burnley Fire Station, said: “The toaster looked like it may have jammed on and it did not eject when the toast was done.

“The woman tried to tackle the fire herself by putting a wet cloth on it which we would not recommend because it was still switched on.

“She inhaled the smoke which can be toxic.”

He added: “If you discover a fire just shut the door, leave it and call us out to deal with it.”

The woman was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. The toaster was completely destroyed and kitchen cupboards and a worktop were left badly damaged in the blaze.

Fire fighters are now set to investigate whether the fire was caused by a fault in the appliance.