Saucepan in microwave causes fire at Hatfield university campus

FIRE crews were called to a blaze at the University of Hertfordshire in the early hours of today (Tuesday) after students cooked a metal saucepan in a microwave.

The fire took hold in a communal kitchen of student flats at the College Lane campus.

Steve Duncan, watch commander at Hatfield Fire Station, said: “Metal saucepans don’t like microwaves, as most people know.

“The microwave was a complete write-off, as well as the pan and whatever was cooking in it.

“The units and whole kitchen was quite heat and smoke damaged, too.”


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Three crews, from Hatfield, WGC, and St Albans, attended the blaze, at around midnight.

Students living in the flats had already been evacuated by the time they arrived, and no-one was injured in the incident.

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