Don’t let this happen to you,’ says Marie

A WOMAN whose puppy accidentally turned on the cooker and started a blaze in her kitchen - because he was so excited at the prospect of a walk - has put out a warning to other dog owners. Marie Price said: It would have been so simple to prevent and it w

A WOMAN whose puppy accidentally turned on the cooker and started a blaze in her kitchen - because he was so excited at the prospect of a walk - has put out a warning to other dog owners.

Marie Price said: "It would have been so simple to prevent and it was so devastating, if only I had turned off the cooker at the wall, it would not have happened."

The 50-year-old had left a mini deep fat fryer containing oil on the cooker. The pan caught fire when her halogen hob was turned on by Humbug, her seven-month-old leaping puppy.

She said: "I bought a deep fat fryer because I was afraid of the risks of having a chip pan. I want to say to people: 'Don't let this happen to you' I would hate this to happen to anyone else."


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As reported by The Hunts Post last week, Mrs Price left her home in Brampton to take Humbug and her greyhound, Sadie, for a walk on Thursday, June 1 at about 5.20pm. She was away from the house for about three-quarters of an hour and came home to find the house alight.

"I went into the house twice, thinking I could put the fire out..That was very foolish of me, too. It was my neighbour who stopped me going back a third time and said we should call the fire brigade."

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Mrs Price said what hurt most was that she had lost photographs of her two sons, David, 21, and Lee, 24.

"There was a picture that I had painted of Lee when he was a schoolboy aged 11, when they still had blazers and ties at Hinchingbrooke School. I must have been in proud mother mode.

"I can stand the black ceiling and walls, but I am so upset that my pictures have gone."

Mrs Price said the fire had been so intense that her smoke alarm had melted.

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