Cooking sparks blazes.
Firefighters from Middlesbrough were called to an elderly man's smoke-logged home in Whinney Banks Road soon after 8am.
They discovered the battery had been removed from a ground floor smoke alarm - luckily the man was alerted by the smoke alarm on the upper floor.
The crews were then immediately sent to a fire in Wicklow Street in the town centre.
There was no smoke alarm in the house.
Station Officer Bill Hatfield, of Middlesbrough fire station, said: "The significant things were both fires were started in food left unattended in cookers and both had some problem with the smoke alarms."
* You can get a free home visit by fire crews to talk about a fire safety plan and have smoke alarms fitted by calling your local fire station.
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|Title Annotation:||News Local|
|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Dec 16, 2003|
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