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The awful day I almost cashed in my chips . . . Pete price.

Byline: Pete

I'VE been spending time with the fire service, trying to find out whatmakes firefighters tick.

We're looking at all the different facets of their job these days, and trying desperately to find out why teenagers think it's a laugh to attack and set ambushes for the fire crews.

This is beyond me; so far nobody has the answer.

How can you make people realise that every time firefighters are sent out on a false call somebody could die?

The programme will probably run for a week, and I'll let you know when it's on.

It reminded me of the time I had a chip pan fire. Oh my God, what a night thatwas.

I was on the phone and couldn't get rid of the person I was talking to. So I said "I'll have to go, my chip pan's about to catch fire." Then it did.

I'll never forget it. I had a slice of gala pie, took the chips out of the pan and left it on the burner, and sat down in front of the TV withmy dinner on a tray. Unknown tome - and I hate electricity - the cookerwas still on.

A few minutes later I saw a fire through the window and wondered where it was. Tomy horror, it was the reflection of the kitchen through the serving hatch.

Don't panic, don't panic Mr Mainwaring! The adverts were running on the TV, so I knewwhat todo. Iwet a tea towel and put it over the flaming chip pan. Great. Nothing. Get another tea towel, try again.Nothing.

Try a blanket. Oh dear, the flames are getting higher.

One of the neighbours had rung the fire service. What shall I do? Being mental as I am, I decided to put newspapers and blankets down over the carpets so the firefighters wouldn't make a mess.

Should I use the fire extinguishers that I have? No, leave it to the professionals.

In came the firefighters - cracking bunch-and put it out.

I had already put the kettle on for a cup of tea. They must have thought I was from La-La Land.

I'm not very good in a crisis, you see. When I look back, I must have neededmybumps testing.

I don't owna chip pananymore, and I've had smoke alarms fitted. Remember, they are free and you should have them.


I'VE HAD MY CHIPS: Pete's chip pan fire was a nightmar
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 12, 2007
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