FIREFIGHTERS from the same Bradford stations were called to two kitchen fires in the space of a few hours after pans left unattended caught fire.

A man was taken to hospital for health checks following an incident in Cromer Avenue, Keighley, just after 10 pm on Saturday when he woke to find his home filling with smoke.

A pan containing oil had been left on the cooker and firefighters used a hose reel to douse the flames, which had spread to the kitchen, though the occupier had been able to get himself out of the property.

Crews were planning to return to the neighbourhood to conduct a full fire safety check at the house and also offer advice to neighbours about the importance of having smoke detectors, which were not fitted at the house involved.

At around 5 am today, the same crews from the Keighley and Bingley stations were also called to Braithwaite Avenue, Keighley, were a pan had caught fire at the home of an elderly woman.

The address has a monitored alarm system which meant firefighters were called immediately when smoke detectors went off.

They were able to carry the pan outside, leaving virtually no damage to the property.

Paramedics were called and treated the occupant at the scene.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service stress the importance of having smoke detectors installed and checking regularly to ensure they are in working order.