Tributes to fire victim Tommy (92)
Hero neighbour saved Tommy’s wife
Tributes have been paid to a “kind hearted” elderly man who tragically died in a fire at his Rutherglen
home last week.
Tommy Sime ( 92) passed away after a fire at his house on Tobermory Drive last Wednesday ( August 12) at around 7pm. Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property to try and save Tommy. They immediately provided emergency treatment until paramedics
arrived to deliver specialist care and he was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital, however it was sadly confirmed that he did not survive.
His wife Florence, who was also in the property, was taken outside by a neighbour and received a precautionary check- up from ambulance crews.
It is understood Florence suffers from dementia and Tommy cared for her.
Stephen MacKenzie (29) was next door at his mum’s house at
the time of the fire.
He managed to save Florence however the smoke downstairs was too thick and he was unable to get Tommy out.
Stephen said:“My mum and my two nephews were sitting in the living room and the lady who lives down the road told us there was a fire next door. We looked and there was a lot of black smoke coming through.
“I had to kick the door in. I went up the stairs and I carried Florence down.
“If I could have gotten Tommy out I would have but the smoke was too bad.
“Tommy was a really nice man, he always came down and spoke to me when I was at my mum’s.”
Thomas Clements (58), who lives on Tobermory Road and Scott Neely, who lives round the corner on Trossachs Road, also tried to save Tommy.
Thomas said:“It was about 10 to seven and I got a shout that Tommy’s house was on fire so me and Scott rushed up to see if we could get him out.
“The other guy had already kicked in the door.
“We tried to get him out, we opened the living room door but the smoke was so thick we couldn’t see anything. It ended up the fireman had to get him out.”
Neighbours Betty and Gillian Greenhorn also paid tribute to Tommy.
Betty (71) said:“When my oldest daughter passed away he was always around asking if I needed anything, he was a very kind hearted man and a terrific neighbour.”
Gillian (44) added:“I’ve known him for 20 odd years. He was a great guy, Tommy and Flo were a lovely couple.”
Another neighbour, who did wish to be named, added: “Tommy was a lovely man. Him and Florence were terrific neighbours, they just kept themselves to themselves.”
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said:“Enquiries are ongoing however the death it not thought to be suspicious at this time.”
Tragic Tributes were laid at the door of Tommy’s house and, right, Stephen MacKenzie saved his neighbour Florence from the fire
Charred Damage done by the fire