Man res­cued from flat fire

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A man was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter fire­fight­ers re­spond­ing to a 999 call re­moved him from a flat in Ruther­glen in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing

Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (SFRS) crews were sent to Mill Street around 12.30am fol­low­ing a re­port of smoke alarms ac­ti­vat­ing at prop­er­ties within the four­storey ten­e­ment block.

Two ap­pli­ances from Pol­madie reached the scene within five min­utes and they were quickly joined by a third from Castlemilk.

Watch Manager John O’Brien, the in­ci­dent com­man­der, said: “The fire was in a sec­ond floor flat and we im­me­di­ately com­mit­ted teams to tackle it and con­duct a search for any­one in­side.

“They re­moved a man from the prop­erty and brought the fire un­der con­trol us­ing an attack branch and a hosereel jet.

He added: “The casualty was placed in the hands of am­bu­lance per­son­nel and with ev­ery­one ac­counted for our crews re­mained to con­duct damp­en­ing down op­er­a­tions and ven­ti­late the build­ing.”

The man re­ceived treat­ment from paramedics for slight smoke in­hala­tion and su­per­fi­cial burns be­fore be­ing taken to the Glas­gow Royal In­fir­mary by am­bu­lance.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders are clear early warn­ing” of fire is cru­cial and the pres­ence of work­ing smoke alarms of­ten buys the time needed for fire­fight­ers to reach those in dan­ger.

SFRS has urged the public to en­sure they and the peo­ple close to them have this vi­tal pro­tec­tion, but of­fi­cers also want re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens to help crews reach those at great­est risk of experiencing a fire in the home.

Free home fire safety vis­its are avail­able from SFRS by call­ing the freep­hone num­ber 0800 073 1999, by tex­ting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by fill­ing in an on­line form at www.firescot­

Dam­age The fire dam­aged this block of flats in Mill Street

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