Killer blaze was elec­tri­cal fault

Fa­ther and son died in their bed­rooms

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stephen Hous­ton

Neigh­bours have been left haunted by the hor­rific screams of a fa­ther and son trapped by a fierce blaze.

Flames rapidly en­gulfed the Barassie semi at break­fast time on Sun­day, killing Adrian Rim­mer and his dad Alis­tair.

Fran­tic res­i­dents in John­ston Drive had urged both men to leap for their lives after a mat­tress was car­ried in to the back gar­den.

They could see both men in­side the house.

Shortly be­fore suc­cumb­ing, one vic­tim screamed back: “I can’t jump . . . I can’t jump.”

The bodies were found in their first floor bed­rooms, which both over­look the back gar­den, shortly af­ter­wards by fire­fight­ers.

One neigh­bour told the Post: “I am trau­ma­tised by what I saw and can­not get it out of my head. I will never for­get it.

“I liked Alis­tair and Adrian and I would say they were very good neigh­bours.”

It emerged on Tues­day af­ter­noon the fire was sparked by an “elec­tri­cal fault.”

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors and po­lice had con­tin­ued to work at the scene on Mon­day.

The roof at the back of the house is cov­ered by an ar­ray of so­lar pan­els and there are also sev­eral ra­dio masts.

Troon po­lice con­firmed there was no crim­i­nal­ity in­volved in the fire, re­ported at 8.25am.

The fam­ily of three liv­ing in the other semi man­aged to flee safely out their front door.

For­tu­nately they had been awake at the time and also man­aged to save their dog.

Their home may have been af­fected struc­turally by the blaze and pos­ses­sions have been tar­nished by smoke.

The alarm is un­der­stood to have been raised by teenagers who spot­ted flames leap­ing from the build­ing.

One wit­ness said: “They phoned 999 then grabbed a nearby lad­der and tried to get to the peo­ple in­side.

“A man then ran across with a mat­tress and started shout­ing at one of those in­side, plead­ing with him to jump from the first floor win­dow on to the mat­tress.

“But the man screamed back from in­side the burn­ing build­ing, ‘ I can’t jump, I can’t jump.’

“It was hor­rific. It’s hor­ri­ble to think two peo­ple have lost their lives.”

A po­lice spokesman said: “This has been a tragic in­ci­dent in which two men lost their lives.

“Our sym­pa­thies go to their fam­ily and friends. There was no crim­i­nal­ity in­volved and it was an ac­ci­den­tal elec­tri­cal fire.”

Tragic Adrian was a for­mer heroin ad­dict once caught for grow­ing cannabis in the same John­ston Drive house.

Four years ago he ap­peared at Ayr Sher­iff Court and ad­mit­ted cannabis pro­duc­tion with in­tent to sup­ply.

Po­lice had raided the house and found grow­ing equip­ment and cannabis plants in the spare room, a cup­board, the loft and a bed­room.

Adrian said then he just sup­plied the cannabis to his friends and he was given com­mu­nity ser­vice and a £ 500 fine.

Ayr­shire Post sources say cannabis was dis­cov­ered on Sun­day in an out­build­ing.

And five years ago he ad­mit­ted be­ing a peep­ing tom, us­ing binoc­u­lars to spy on a woman across the road and caus­ing her fear and alarm.

Less than two years ago a coun­cil house in John­ston Drive was fire- bombed and a man ap­peared in court.

It was hor­rific. It’s hor­ri­ble to think two peo­ple have lost their lives

Tragic Adrian Rim­mer died in the blaze at the gut­ted house

In­ves­ti­ga­tion Fire of­f­cials ready to in­spect the house

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.