A smoke alarm saved a house from fire after a pan of boiling potatoes was left on the cooker and abandoned.
Southsea firefighters were alerted to the small fire in a house in Walmer Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, by a neighbour who heard the alarm.
They dealt with it within 20 minutes of the call at 5.55pm on Tuesday.
Southsea fire station crew manager Dave Higgins said: ‘A group of students left a pan of potatoes boiling on the stove and went out.
‘This is another example of how valuable smoke alarms are. If the neighbour hadn’t heard it we could have had a major fire on our hands.’