Crews tackle fire at Inverclyde flat

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Firefighters extinguished a 'severe fire' within the kitchen of multi-storey property in Port Glasgow.

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Two people were taken to hospital for precautionary check-ups after a fire broke out at the kitchen of a multi-storey flat in Inverclyde on Tuesday morning (27 May).

Firefighters who responded to the incident at Heather Court in Port Glasgow quickly extinguished the flames and provided the man and woman with oxygen therapy while an ambulance made its way to the scene.

Two appliances from Port Glasgow Community Fire Station and a third from nearby Greenock were mobilised around 11:15am following an emergency call to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Watch Manager Peter Rennie, the incident commander, said: “This quickly became a severe fire after beginning at a fridge-freezer and it shows how early warning is absolutely vital to preventing tragedies and minimising damage.

“The residents of this flat had ensured they were protected by a working smoke alarm and the device very quickly drew their attention to the danger.

“By calling 999 and closing the kitchen door behind them as they left, the couple gave us the best-possible chance of preventing smoke and flames from spreading to other rooms of their flat or indeed to neighbouring properties.

“We were on scene within three minutes and a team in breathing apparatus did well to put out the fire using two dry powder extinguishers, with a charged hose standing by in case it was needed.

“Toxic smoke is always a serious threat to anyone in a property at the time of a fire and we provided oxygen to the residents and called an ambulance, which took them both for precautionary check-ups at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.”

The incident shows how fire can strike anywhere and is a clear reminder of the need for everyone to take action to reduce the risk of injuries – or worse – if a fire was to happen to them.

Firefighters routinely help householders take steps to make sure they would have early warning of a house fire and be able to get to safety, as well as providing advice to prevent fires happening in the first place.

The popular Free Home Fire Safety Visit programme is easy to arrange and is provided by SFRS crews in every community in the country.

To join Scotland’s fight against fire and arrange a visit, call the freephone number 0800 0731 999, text ‘check’ to 61611 or complete the online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

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