Two hurt in Glasgow chip pan fire
30 October 2013
Heavy, thick smoke reduced visibility in kitchen to zero.
Firefighters successfully extinguished a chip-pan fire before it could spread throughout a flat in the north of Glasgow this morning (Wednesday 30 October).
A man and a woman suffered slight smoke inhalation as a result of the fire, which took place shortly after 10:15am at a property on Burnbrae Street.
Crews from nearby Springburn Community Fire Station reached the scene within four minutes of a 999 call being received by Operations Control in Johnstone.
Watch Commander Iain Hannah, the officer in charge, said: “Two firefighters entered the flat wearing full breathing apparatus and they were met with an intense fire producing a lot of thick, heavy smoke that reduced visibility inside the kitchen to nil.
“The team used a dry powder extinguisher to put out the flames before they could spread beyond the kitchen and helped a man and woman who appeared to be suffering from the effects of slight smoke inhalation.
“An ambulance was called and they were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for precautionary check-ups after being assessed by paramedics at the scene. We obviously wish them both well as they recover from this traumatic experience.
“More house fires start in the kitchen than in any other room so we urge everyone to take the small steps that could reduce the risk.
“We would ask people not to use traditional chip pans as there’s always a high risk of them causing a fire; modern electric fryers are much safer – they have safety switches to stop them overheating.
“If anyone is using an old-fashioned chip pan it is important they only use dry food, never have it more than one-third full, and never leave it unattended.
“Flames, heat and smoke can quickly spread so it’s essential that every home is protected by working smoke alarms, which will give people inside vital time to get to safety if a fire does start.”
Many residents of communities across Scotland have invited their local firefighters into their properties as part of the popular Free Home Fire Safety Visit programme.
Arranged at times suitable for the resident, the visits see SFRS crews share their expertise to help residents stay safe from fire.
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