SMOULDERING plastic caused a kitchen fire.
Firefighters were called to a semi-detached house in Elkstone Road, Paulsgrove, at 10pm on Saturday.
A plastic recycling tub had caught light after being placed on a hob that had not cooled down.
The occupier had tried to put out the fire with water, which caused steam.
Firefighters from Cosham put out the fire by 10.45pm.