Firefighters were called to a flat in Fratton this morning after the owner left a pork joint in the oven.
Three crews from Southsea Fire Station received the report just after 11am when a delivery driver spotted smoke coming the envelope hatch of the second floor flat in Foster Road.
A spokesman from the station said the owner had been out shopping at the time but returned by the time crews arrived.
He admitted that he left a pork joint cooking in the oven and had gone out.
The firefighters used breathing apparatus and a hose reel to put out the fire.
The spokesman added: ‘We would like to remind everyone to make sure that when cooking do not leave the food unattended.
‘In this case the situation could have been a lot worse.’