A MEMBER of staff managed to put out a chip pan fire before firefighters arrived.

Fire crews from Whitby and Lythe were called to reports of a chip pan fire in a commercial property just before 1pm on Friday.

On arrival, crews found a fire to a small section of a chip pan that had been extinguished by a member of staff.

The fire was confined to the oil vats of the chip pan, resulting in light smoke damage.