Fire crews called out to fire in Oban block of flats

The Oban Times - - News -

A SMALL fire in the close of a block of flats in Oban last Satur­day was ex­tin­guished by Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

Two ap­pli­ances from Oban Fire Sta­tion re­sponded to a 999 call at 7.50pm af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of smoke in the hall­way of a build­ing on Ulva Road.

Crews reached the scene in un­der five min­utes.

Fire­fight­ers in breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus quickly found the source of the smoke and put out a small fire.

A woman and child were treated by an am­bu­lance crew at the scene and taken to Lorn and Is­lands Hos­pi­tal in the town for fur­ther check-ups. A spokesman for Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said that items block­ing peo­ple’s exit route and smoke from a fire in a close can leave res­i­dents trapped in their homes with no way to es­cape. The mes­sage is to keep closes clear, as even the small­est bag of rub­bish catch­ing alight can fill a stair­well with smoke and large ob­jects can get in the way of peo­ple try­ing to es­cape.

Free home fire safety vis­its are avail­able from SFRS by call­ing the freep­hone num­ber 0800 073 1999, by tex­ting ‘FIRE’ to 80800.

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