Three treated by medics after fire at chip shop
Kincardine: Staff and customers tackled blaze while waiting for emergency services
A man was taken to hospital and two others treated at the scene after a fire in a Fife chip shop.
The blaze broke out in Ilario’s, Kincardine, yesterday morning.
It is understood the owner and some locals attempted to extinguish the flames before emergency services arrived just after 10am.
One casualty was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, but released shortly after.
Four fire appliances from Falkirk, Larbert and Alloa raced to the High Street premises owned by the Chicarella family after several people raised the alarm.
Nicky Erskine, who runs nearby shop Nicky’s and the local post office, said people were helping to put out the fire and shouting at those inside to get out.
She said: “The community reacted very quickly.
“There were guys with fire extinguishers and I gave them our fire extinguisher.
“The smoke was belting out, it was horrendous.
“A couple of boys were inside and then there was a chap outside the door who said he was a retired firefighter and was shouting ‘you have to get out of there’.
“The next thing the fire engines were here and the ambulance as well.”
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it sent four appliances to reports of a fire in commercial premises in Kincardine.
A spokesperson said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used powerful water jets to extinguish the fire and then ventilated the premises.
“Three casualties were treated at the scene by paramedics as a precaution.
“One casualty was subsequently taken to hospital for further treatment.
“Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We dispatched one ambulance, a manager and our special operations response team.
“The first unit arrived on scene within two minutes.
“Two patients were treated at the scene and one male patient was taken to Forth Valley Hospital.”
It is not yet clear what caused the blaze, but officials said the fire was extinguished within two hours.
The smoke was belting out, it was horrendous. NICKY ERSKINE
Staff and members of the public used extinguishers in an attempt to put out the fire.
The rear escape was relatively unscathed.