Firefighters were called to a block of sheltered accommodation flats in Exeter after a Pot Noodle burst into flames.
The king-size chicken and mushroom snack overheated after a peckish resident mistakenly put it in the microwave.
Crews from Danes Castle were alerted after the dehydrated delicacy – which only requires a dash of boiling water – triggered an alarm.
They have issued safety advice and urged householders always check the cooking instructions on any instant or ready meals.
A Danes Castle Fire Station spokesperson said: “Green Watch have just attended an Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA) at a block of sheltered accommodation flats.
“The cause of the activation turned out to be a Pot Noodle which had been heated in a microwave. The plastic pot and contents didn’t survive to tell the tale!”
The Exeter-based team has highlighted the incident to issue a safety message to householders.
They have issued the following advice:
- Always follow the instructions on any ready meals carefully and ensure you are heating or cooking them correctly;
- Never leave your microwave unattended when in use;
- Never put any metal or metal foil in a microwave;
- If you have older relatives/neighbours or care for somebody with additional needs, make sure they are using their cooking appliances safely;
- Make sure you have a working smoke detector on every floor of your home.
The Pot Noodle incident in Exeter happened on Tuesday night (February 11).
To request a free home safety visit, call the fire service on 0800 0502999.