Early smoke alarm warning prevented a more serious fire in Inverness last night

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A man was treated by paramedics after suffering slight smoke inhalation

SFRS logo on appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to respond to reports of a fire on the ground floor of a three storey terraced building in Inverness last night.

Two appliances from Inverness and a hydraulic platform were sent to the scene of the fire at 10.43pm last night (16 December 2013) in the city's Academy Street.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used one hosereel jet to extinguish the fire. One man, who was working in the building at the time and who raised the alarm, was treated for slight smoke inhalation by Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics.

The last appliance left the scene at around 12.57am.

Station Manager Ross Nixon was at the scene last night and said: "I would have to say that the presence of a working smoke alarm, which alerted the occupant of the building to the fire, prevented a much more serious incident.

"The early warning provided by the smoke alarm meant that firefighters were able to get to the scene quickly, help the occupant and prevent further damage to the building.

"This incident again highlights the importance of having a working smoke alarm."

As part of our commitment to building a safer Scotland we offer everyone in Scotland a free home fire safety visit. We can also fit smoke alarms free of charge if your home requires them.

It's so easy to arrange! You can get in touch via the following options:

  • Complete our online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk
  • call 0800 0731 999
  • call your local fire station
  • text "Check" to 61611 from your mobile phone.

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