Two rescued from North Lanarkshire fire

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Smoke engulfs a flat in Motherwell.

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Firefighters led a man and a boy to safety after smoke filled their home in Motherwell's Draffen Tower in the early hours of Saturday (May 25).

Crews from Motherwell and Bellshill were sent to the area around 4am after the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was notified of the incident by Police Scotland.

Arriving in less than three minutes, firefighters were immediately ordered to don breathing apparatus and enter the building, with the team rescuing a man and child from a flat.

Area Manager John Miller, North Lanarkshire's senior fire and rescue officer, explained: "A small fire in a kitchen had produced smoke, which the man and child inhaled.

"Firefighters led them both to safety and placed them into the care of paramedics, who decided they should receive further treatment at Wishaw General Hospital.

"This incident is a clear reminder of how fire can strike anywhere and that even a small fire can cause injury, or worse, to people in our communities.

"With the public's help we will continue to cut the number of incidents, injuries and deaths - making North Lanarkshire a safer place for all our residents.

"I urge anyone who could benefit from a little fire safety advice to get in touch with us. Our firefighters are eager to visit and pass on some potentially life-saving tips.

"Many fires are easily preventable if we take some simple steps, such as never leaving a cooker unattended when it is in use, or cooking while under the influence of alcohol.

"If fire does break out then tragedy can be avoided if a property is protected by working smoke alarms, has doors fully closed at night, and those living there are aware of how to escape."

The residents rescued from the property are not thought to have suffered serious injury as a result of the incident.

To request a home fire safety visit, phone 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or find more information on the website at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

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