Stu­dent nurse is killed in hor­ror fire

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page - LOCHLIN HIGHET

A teenage stu­dent n nurse was killed by a fe fe­ro­cious blaze fu­elled b by her fam­ily’s bone- dry C Christ­mas tree.

Tragic Natalie Merry, 18, a for­mer Prest­wick Academy pupil, was pro­nounced dead at the scene after fire ripped through her three- bed­room home in York Street, Ayr, on Sun­day night.

The UWS stu­dent was at the prop­erty with her boyfriend, Alis­tair Innes, 22, and mother Jen­nifer, 49, who were both taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. Alis­tair was forced to jump from a first floor bed­room.

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve a can­dle flame ig­nited the real Christ­mas tree in the lounge.

Shat­tered Alis­tair posted on Twit­ter: “I am ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken.”

Emo­tional trib­utes have been pour­ing in for an 18- year- old girl who was killed by a fire in her home.

Tragic Natalie Merry, who was a stu­dent nurse at the Univer­sity of the West of Scot­land, was pro­nounced dead at the scene after emer­gency ser­vices were called to the houst in Ayr’s York Street house shortly after 8pm on Sun­day.

The for­mer Prest­wick Academy pupil, who passed her driv­ing test last month, was be­lieved to be in the prop­erty with her boyfriend Alis­tair Innes and mother, Jen­nifer.

Sup­port worker Jen­nifer, 49, was rushed to hos­pi­tal along with Natalie’s boyfriend of two years, 22- year- old Alis­tair.

On so­cial me­dia dev­as­tated Alis­tair said: “I am ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken. I had the hap­pi­est and best two years of my life, she made me so happy.

“Go­ing to miss wak­ing up to her beau­ti­ful wee face ev­ery­day.

“Love you so much Natalie.” Trib­utes from dev­as­tated pals also came in fol­low­ing the news.

Friend Meghan Wills said: “My heart is ab­so­lutely break­ing.

“Natalie was one of the most kind and car­ing peo­ple I’ve ever met and never failed to make me smile. She will al­ways be in my heart.”

Fire en­gulfed the three- bed­room home within min­utes, neigh­bours re­vealed.

The house is one of six pri­vate homes in the York Street ter­race and peo­ple from flats in a ware­house con­ver­sion across the road looked on in hor­ror.

In­tense flames poured out of the win­dows and four fire en­gines were called out.

One neigh­bour said: “We were watch­ing TV but for­tu­nately some­one came and knocked our door. We had no idea, it was just some ran­dom per­son who warned us to get out.

“Out­side it was pan­de­mo­nium, peo­ple didn’t know what was go­ing on. Smoke was pour­ing out the win­dows and we could also see flames, then the fire bri­gade ar­rived.

“We just don’t know whether the fam­ily was res­cued or whether they man­aged out them­selves.”

De­bris in the front gar­den in­cluded a sin­gle mat­tress. The in­side was com­pletely de­stroyed.

An­other neigh­bour said: “About 2am power work­ers ar­rived and be­gan dig­ging up the front gar­den to try and shut off the ser­vices. We didn’t know the fam­ily but it is dev­as­tat­ing.”

Neigh­bours on ei­ther side of the gut­ted home were too upset to com­ment.

A po­lice guard and a fire en­gine re­mained on the scene on Mon­day.

Ayr­shire fire chief James Scott said: “The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice was alerted at 8.22pm on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6, to re­ports of a fire in a two storey dwelling on York Street, Ayr.

“Op­er­a­tions Con­trol im­me­di­ately mo­bilised a num­ber of fire en­gines and fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished the fire.

“Sadly, one woman passed away at the scene.

“Our thought are with all of those who are af­fected at this time.”

A po­lice spokes­woman said: ““An 18- year- old woman was pro­nounced dead at the scene. A post- mortem ex­am­i­na­tion will take place to es­tab­lish the ex­act cause of death. Her fam­ily have been made aware.

“A 22- year- old man and a 49- yearold woman were taken to Ayr Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

“The fire was ex­tin­guished by the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched to es­tab­lish the cir­cum­stances.”

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