Brave res­cuers save pair from house fire

Grand­fa­ther and grand­daugh­ter pulled to safety

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - ste­fan Morkis and Jake keith smorkis@the­

A joiner and a win­dow cleaner have told how they helped save the lives of a grand­fa­ther and grand­daugh­ter dur­ing a mas­sive house fire in Dundee.

Ge­orge Davie, 55 and neigh­bour Alex Chap­lain, 50, used lad­ders to res­cue the pair from the blaze on Melfort Place in Trottick yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Fire en­gines at­tended the scene after the blaze broke out at around 10.30am.

Crews bat­tled for sev­eral hours but the house has been gut­ted.

Win­dow cleaner Ge­orge said he did not usu­ally work on the homes in the cul-de-sac but was there by “pure fluke” help­ing his son be­cause of the snow.

Joiner Alex had only come back

I was plead­ing with her to come down on the lad­der but she was so scared. HEROIC JOINER ALEX CHAP­LAIN

briefly from a job in Fin­try to his home nearby when he spot­ted the smoke and ran into the burn­ing house.

“I came back to get a saw blade and just as I was get­ting back in my car, some­thing caught my eye,” he said.

“I saw smoke com­ing out of the win­dow of the home so I ran over.

“I went in­side but the electrics were com­pletely ablaze and there was smoke ev­ery­where.

“I pan­icked when I re­alised the lassie was still up­stairs so I grabbed a lad­der from the win­dow cleaner a few houses down, who car­ried over an­other one.

“I was plead­ing with her to come down on the lad­der but she was so scared.

“Even­tu­ally she let me help her. There’s no doubt she’d have died if she’d stayed in that house.”

Mr Davie added: “He didn’t want to come out be­cause he was more con­cerned about his grand­daugh­ter and she didn’t want to come out be­cause she was con­cerned about him.”

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

The scene in Melfort Place, Trottick, after the fire which wrecked a house.

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