Four injured in Renfrewshire fires

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SFRS crews led casualties to safety and provided treatment at the scene.

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Flames broke out at two Renfrewshire properties in the early hours of Monday 16 December, issuing a clear reminder of the need for everyone to recognise the risks and take action to prevent fire within the home.

Firefighters rescued three people from a Renfrew tenement block and provided them with treatment for smoke inhalation after flames broke out at a Paisley Road flat around 4:20am.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Operations Control at Johnstone received multiple 999 calls reporting the blaze.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “A crew from nearby Renfrew Community Fire Station was first to reach the scene and confirmed there was a well-developed fire within a four-storey tenement.

“Additional crews arrived from Paisley and Polmadie within minutes and a search and rescue operation was immediately launched, with six firefighters deployed inside the building wearing breathing apparatus and equipped with high pressure water jets.

“The search and rescue teams led two men and a woman to safety and firefighters provided oxygen therapy for smoke inhalation before passing them to the care of ambulance colleagues.

“Crews continued to search all properties as well as adjacent closes and, with all people accounted for, began cutting away operations to check for hidden fire spread."

The incident occurred less than two hours after crews from Paisley had returned from a house fire at a flat on the town's Albion Street, which saw one man taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Firefighters responded to a 999 call made around 2am, in which a member of the public reported the smell of burning.

The spokesperson explained: “Crews arrived within three minutes and firefighters entered the flat to find a small fire had broken out within the kitchen.

“They quickly extinguished the flames and requested an ambulance for a man found inside the property. He was taken to Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital for a check-up.”

Firefighters are traditionally busy over the festive period with more house fires in December and January than at any other time of year.

Those called to tackle these incidents know many could be prevented by taking simple precautions and SFRS is clear on the need for everyone to recognise the risks and take action to prevent fire in the home.

Most house fires begin in the kitchen with 600 people injured in around 3,000 cooking related house fires across Scotland in 2012-13.

SFRS wants the public to recognise this risk and make sure cooking appliances are never left unattended while they are in use over the festive season.

Where fire does break out, the presence of working smoke alarms is vital if people are to have the warning and time they need to get to safety or for firefighters to arrive.

Winter safety advice, highlighting a number of risks specific to the festive period, has been made available on the SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk.

A Twelve Days of Christmas campaign is also running on social media, with safety messages published on the SFRS Twitter accounts: @scotfire_north, @scotfire_west and @scotfire_east, as well as the official SFRS Facebook page. 

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