Man injured in Edinburgh chip pan fire

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Firefighters rescue casualty from smoke-filled flat.

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A man suffered severe smoke inhalation after fire took hold within a flat in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh on Wednesday night (11 December).

Firefighters entered the Orwell Terrace property wearing breathing apparatus to rescue the man and extinguish the chip pan blaze.

A Scottish Fire and rescue Service (SFRS) spokesperson said: “Operations Control in Edinburgh received a 999 call around 9:45pm, with a neighbour reporting they could smell smoke.

“Two appliances, including a high-reach vehicle, were sent from Tollcross and a third was mobilised from Sighthill, with crews arriving to find the flat was full of smoke.

“The incident commander committed four firefighters to the flat in a search and rescue operation and a man in his 50s was carried from the property, which did not appear to have a working smoke alarm.

“The casualty was immediately given emergency trauma care by firefighters and paramedics before being taken to hospital by ambulance.”

More house fires begin in the kitchen than in any other room and traditional chip pans are a particularly high fire risk, with SFRS officers eager for the public to instead use safer modern electric fryers.

Anyone who does use an old fashioned chip pan should never leave it unattended, never use it while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and never have it more than one-third full.

The spokesperson continued: “Chip pan fires very quickly spread flames, toxic smoke and heat so having early warning is vital to preventing serious injury or worse.

“Every home must have working smoke alarms – their importance simply cannot be overstated. When fire strikes, working smoke alarms save lives.

“If anyone knows someone who might be at increased risk from fire, we urge them to get in touch with us and help that person stay safe in their home.

“We would much rather help someone keep their home fire safe than respond to a potentially life-threatening incident that could have been easily prevented.”

To request a home fire safety visit call the SFRS freephone number 0800 0731 999, contact your local fire station or visit the website at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

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