Kitchen fire at flat in Glasgow's Maryhill

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A woman was taken to hospital and a man received a precautionary check-up for the effects of breathing in smoke.

A fire in the kitchen of a flat in Glasgow on Monday afternoon (21 December) resulted in a woman being taken to hospital and a man receiving treatment at the scene.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Maryhill’s Hyndland Road in response to a 999 call received around 1:30pm.

The caller reported a fire within a top floor flat in a four storey tenement block and two appliances were immediately mobilised from Maryhill Community Fire Station along with a third from Yorkhill.

Firefighters reached the scene five minutes later and a team in breathing apparatus quickly extinguished the flames using a high pressure jet.

Watch Manager Kerr, the incident commander, said: “Our crews cleared smoke from the property and provided oxygen therapy to the casualties as they both appeared to be suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke.

“After a check-up from paramedics the man didn’t need any further treatment but the woman was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”

Most house fires begin in the kitchen and SFRS is clear that a moment’s distraction while cooking can be all it takes for a serious incident to start.

The advice to householders is never to leave a cooker unattended while it is in use and to make sure items that could easily catch fire are always kept well away from the cooker.

Free home fire safety visits are available by calling 0800 073 1999, texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk and SFRS wants people to put it in touch with anyone who may be at increased risk.

Watch Manager Kerr added: “It doesn’t take long for us to do a home fire safety visit but taking that time could save someone’s life.

“We know simple precautions prevent fires and our crews want to help people recognize hazards and take easy steps to reduce the risks.

“It’s a great service that makes fire tragedies less likely and makes people more confident in their home, but unfortunately those who could benefit most are also the hardest to reach.

“We need everybody to think if they know someone who could be at risk – it could be an older person, someone living along, who struggles to get around, has a physical or mental health condition or issues with alcohol or drugs.

“If so then please put us in touch with them so we can provide the support that might save their life.”

Firefighters conducting a free home fire safety visit ensure a property is protected by working smoke alarms and even install these free of charge where the devices are found to be needed.

SFRS also encourages people to consider having a heat alarm fitted in the kitchen, as the devices provide further early warning without activating due to small amounts of cooking-related smoke.

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