A HOUSE fire in Seymour last week left a man in hospital with smoke inhalation and damage to the rear of his home.

CFA and paramedics were called to the house on Anzac Avenue at 6.20pm on Thursday as flames consumed the rear part of the property.

It took an hour for the blaze to be extinguished and paramedics took the occupant to Seymour Hospital in a stable condition.

CFA District 12 operations manager Justin Dally said the event was a timely reminder for people to be mindful that a large proportion of fires start in the kitchen.

“Since a lot of people are staying at home during the pandemic, people need to be mindful that a lot of home fires start in the kitchen,” Mr Dally said.

Mr Dally said a lot of burn-offs were occurring due to people staying at home.

“There are a number of burn offs that are getting out of control, we need these burns offs to be monitored closely,” he said.

Mr Dally also requested that people try and respect social distancing rules when CFA members or emergency workers were attending scenes.

“We know it’s hard to do in a heightened moment of adrenaline, but please try and keep up social distancing measures,” he said.

“If someone we may come into contact is self-isolating or symptomatic, please warn us ahead of time.”

An investigation is underway into what exactly caused the house fire.