Two elderly people died in separate Highland house fires at weekend

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Local Senior Officer for Highland Scott Hay urges members of public to check on elderly or vulnerable who live alone and establish if they would benefit from a free Home Fire Safety Visit

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Highland’s most senior fire officer says the public can help prevent fire fatalities like the two witnessed in the region over the weekend by regularly checking on vulnerable or elderly neighbours, friends and relatives who live alone.

Two elderly people died following house fires at Pultney Street, Ullapool and Duke Street, Golspie on Saturday and Sunday.

Crews from Ullapool and Achiltibuie arrived within minutes of the call to the single-storey detached house in Ullapool.

Using breathing apparatus they entered the house and sadly discovered an elderly female inside. They extinguished the fire and checked for any further signs of fire spread using thermal imaging cameras.

A joint fire and Police investigation was carried out yesterday into the cause of the fire.

Then on Sunday a crew from Golspie was alerted by Police to an incident in Golspie’s Duke Street. When the crew arrived the fire was already out and tragically, an elderly man was found deceased inside the house.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging members of the public to Join Scotland's Fight Against Fire by looking out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family to help protect them from fire.

SFRS is particularly concerned about those elderly or vulnerable people who live alone and is encouraging people to check on their friends, neighbours or relatives regularly to ensure they safe and have working smoke detection.

Local Senior Officer for Highland, Scott Hay, said: "These two fires at the weekend were very tragic indeed and obviously our thoughts are with their families and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

"We will be carrying out Post Domestic Incident Responses in the Ullapool and Golspie areas, speaking to residents about home fire safety and offering them free Home Fire Safety Visits."

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service wants the most vulnerable or at risk individuals within our communities to be as safe as possible and through Home Fire Safety Visits and close partnership working the Service is able to target resources where they are most needed.

If you think someone you may know would benefit from a free Home Fire Safety Visit it's easy to arrange on their behalf. The Service can also fit smoke alarms free of charge if there are none inside the property.

You can get in touch in the following ways:

•             Visit www.firescotland.gov.uk and fill out our online form

•             call 0800 0731 999

•             text "FIRE" to 80800 from your mobile phone

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