Crews respond to Ayr house fire
23 August 2013
South Ayrshire incident sees two treated for smoke inhalation.
Image: A firefighter demonstrates how quickly a kitchen fire can spread.
A fire in a four-storey block of flats at Nelson Place in Ayr on Thursday night (August 22) left two people suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.
Firefighters from the South Ayrshire town's own community fire station were mobilised following a 999 call from a member of the public around 10:25pm, with crews on scene within three minutes.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters found a well-developed fire within the kitchen of a flat and a team of four entered the property in breathing apparatus.
"They quickly extinguished the flames using a high pressure water jet before working to ventilate the flat and the building's communal close.
"A man and a male youth who appeared to be suffering from smoke inhalation were assisted by firefighters before being passed to the care of paramedics. They were offered further precautionary check-ups but refused to attend hospital.
"Most house fires begin in the kitchen and this incident should remind us all that fire can strike anywhere at any time. We can take action to prevent fire starting and give everyone in our homes the time needed to escape if flames do break out.
"Fire can start in an instant and quickly take hold, so cookers should never be left unattended when they are in use and flammable materials - like kitchen paper or towels - should be kept well away from any potential source of ignition.
"By closing doors fully at night and having working smoke alarms, the spread of potentially lethal smoke and flames will be slowed and vital time will be given for anyone inside the property to get out."