Halogen heater causes fire in a flat in Cupar

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Remember to use portable heaters safely

Crews from Cupar and Auchtermuchty were called to a fire in a flat in Parliament Square, Cupar early yesterday morning (25th February) at 3.36am.

Donning breathing apparatus firefighters extinguished the fire using two hose reel jets.  The fire was caused by a halogen heater that had set fire to a quilt..

One male casualty was treated at the scene as a precaution for smoke inhalation but did not require hospital treatment.

Station Manager Andy Bennett said: "The male occupant of this property was very lucky. He was alerted to the fire by his working smoke alarm and gave that vital early warning. 

“I would like to use this incident as a reminder to keep portable heaters away from curtains, furniture or bedding.  Never use them for drying clothes and secure them in a position to avoid being knocked over.

“More importantly get a smoke alarm as they give you that vital early warning should a fire start. We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke alarms where required.”

“We need you to join Scotland’s fight against fire.  If you or someone you know may be at risk from fire please get in touch and arrange a FREE home fire safety visit with local firefighters by calling 0800 0731 999 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk .”