Leaving chip pans unattended is one of the most common causes of accidental house fires, according to Cleveland Fire Service.
Les Jones, head of community safety, warned Teesside students of the dangers of putting on chips for a midnight snack after a night out.
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The pair were both aged 14 when they plotted to murder fellow students and teachers at a school in Northallerton.