Firefighters tackle house fire in Ballingry, Fife

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Twenty five firefighters attended the incident for over two hours.

DSC_0037Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews responded to a 999 call made around 4.33am this morning (29 March) reporting a fire at a terraced house in Ballingry Crescent in Ballingry, Fife.

Two appliances were immediately sent from Lochgelly fire station and on arrival they were confronted by a serious fire affecting the roof space of a mid-terraced two storey dwelling house. They were quickly supported by further crews from Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes due to the seriousness of the fire.

All occupants of the house, two adults and four children, had left the house before our arrival and they had alerted their neighbours to the fire.

Group Manager Alex Smart said “Work to bring the fire under control was initially conducted from inside the house, however, a short time after arrival the fire broke through the roof and crews were immediately withdrawn to a safe area, continuing their firefighting efforts from outside the house. Sometime after this the roof collapsed into the building.

“Initial crews were aware that all occupants of the house were safe but also knew that a dog, the family pet, was unaccounted for. However, conditions within the property were too hazardous to commit crews to search.

“Work to bring the blaze under control continued for over two hours and at the height of operations there were six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sets and using four firefighting jets to fight the fire and crews were also used to ensure the safety of adjoining properties.

“Around 25 firefighters were involved at the height of this incident and their skill and professionalism ensured this fire was successfully extinguished.”

Group Manager Smart added: "An SFRS fire investigation team attended from Livingston to conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire in conjunction with Police Scotland. Whilst the fire investigation team were conducting preliminary investigations in the ground floor they heard a noise from the first floor and reported this to the crew in attendance. The crew excavated an area of debris in a first floor bedroom and located the dog under a bed, scared but apparently uninjured. The dog, a young boxer, has since been returned to her owners.

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“We have been calling on the public to join Scotland’s fight against fire by helping us reach and support people who could be at most risk of experiencing a fire within the home.”

Smoke alarms prevent injuries and deaths caused by fire and they also limit the damage to property by allowing firefighters the chance to respond earlier to extinguish the fire.”

Crews across Fife and in every community throughout Scotland routinely visit members of the public in their own homes to offer advice and to fit smoke alarms to help them stay safe from fire.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a visit, please contact us to sign-up for a FREE Home Fire Safety Visit by calling the SFRS freephone number 0800 0731 999, or by contacting their local fire station.

A wide range of tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe from fire are available on the SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk

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