Three casualties rescued from Glasgow kitchen blaze

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Appliance Night

Crews from Govan and Yorkhill Community Fire Stations raced to the scene of a kitchen fire in the Ibrox area of Glasgow in the early hours of this morning (24th August).

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's control room for the West, located at Johnstone, received initial reports of a fire within a 4 storey tenement building at around 1am.

On arrival, the first appliances in attendance quickly discovered that there were persons still within the affected property and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were immediately committed to enter the building to search for casualties and extinguish the fire.

One casualty was quickly located within the common close and led outside the building, whilst a further two casualties were found by firefighters still inside the affected flat on the 2nd floor and had to be carried to safety.

All three casualties were suffering from smoke inhalation and received oxygen therapy from firefighters until the arrival of paramedics, before being transported by ambulance to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

The fire was extinguished using a hose reel jet, and initial investigations suggested that the fire started in the kitchen of the flat and that there was no working smoke detector within the property.

A fire service spokesperson said, "Kitchen fires are amongst the most common
type of incident that we attend. All too frequently these fires result in injury and death, and cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol increases this risk considerably."

"A working smoke detector will give occupants a vital early warning when a fire does occur, and greatly improves the chances of getting out safely."

"The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provides free home fire safety visits and can
 fit smoke detectors where required. If you or someone you know would benefit from this  service, please call our freephone number: 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or visit  our website at www.firescotland.gov.uk

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