Tributes to fire vic­tim Tommy (92)

Hero neigh­bour saved Tommy’s wife

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

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

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