Fire crew rescue man from Castlemilk blaze
A man had to be rescued from a blaze in a Castlemilk flat on Sunday night
Firefighters in breathing apparatus burst into the man’s living room and got him to safety.
He was taken to Hairmyres Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation but was later released.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service ( SFRS) crews were sent to the incident at Castlemilk’s Dougrie Terrace in response to a 999 call made shortly before 7.25pm.
Appliances were mobilised from Castlemilk and Polmadie community fire stations and first responders reached the scene within four minutes.
Watch Manager Steven McCusker, the incident commander, said: “The fire was within the living room. We committed two firefighters in breathing apparatus and they extinguished it using a highpressure jet.
“They rescued a man who appeared to be suffering from smoke inhalation and ensured no- one else was inside the property.”
Firefighters conducted salvage operations within the flat before leaving the scene shortly after 8pm.
SFRS issued a warning in the wake of the incident, urging people to minimise the risk of fire.
They said electrical appliances, furniture and soft furnishings, open fires and stoves, portable heaters, candles and smoking materials are all potential fire hazards commonly found in living rooms.
Watch Manager McCusker said: “When fire strikes within a home the toxic smoke produced can very quickly spread to other rooms and threaten lives.
“Even if no-one is hurt it is a traumatic experience for anyone as the loss of irreplaceable personal possessions, the damage to a person’s sense of safety and the financial impact can all be devastating.
“Although it can happen to anyone there are very easy steps that everyone can take to make it less likely.”
Free home fire safety visits are available from SFRS by calling the freephone number 0800 073 1999 or by filling in an online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.
Watch Manager McCusker added: “Arranging a short visit from local firefighters is incredibly easy and it gives us the chance to point out potential hazards many people just don’t realise are in the home.
“We want to hear from anyone who thinks they or someone they know could use our advice and support to help prevent fires and the tragedies they cause.
“Our crews also check to ensure a home is protected by working smoke alarms and if these lifesaving devices are found to be needed then we’ll even provide and install them free of charge.”
They rescued a man who appeared to be suffering from smoke inhalation
Flat fire A man was taken to hospital after a fire in Dougrie Drive