Inverness house fire prompts warning about danger of cooking late at night

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Three appliances attended the kitchen fire in Hilton Crescent

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are advising people to refrain from cooking late at night after a fire in an Inverness flat last night.

Control were alerted about a fire in a two-storey, eight flat block in the city’s Hilton Crescent at 11.25pm (29 October 2014).

Three appliances from Inverness attended the scene and firefighters in breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

Crews led a female to safety who was treated by paramedics and the male occupant of the affected property, who had self-evacuated, was also treated by ambulance personnel for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters used small tools to check for any signs of fire spread and the last appliance left the scene at 12.43am this morning (30 October 2014).

Incident Commander, Station Manager Steven Bassindale said: “Most accidental house fires start in the kitchen and everyone should understand the risks and take steps to reduce the chance of a fire happening in their home.

“Becoming distracted while cooking is one of the most common reasons for such fires, therefore people are urged not to leave the cooker unattended and ensure the grill and hob are turned off. Also take care to remove pans from the heat if you leave the room.

“If a fire does start then early warning is key to preventing tragedies, with working smoke alarms essential devices for every household.

“We provide free home fire safety visits to help residents reduce the risk of fire and increase the chance of escaping unhurt if a fire does occur.”

He added: "After we had dealt with the fire last night we also provided a number of residents with free smoke alarms."

SFRS also reminds landlords about the Scottish Government's statutory guidance on the requirement for smoke detection within private lets. A copy of the revised guidance is available on the PRHP (Private Rented Housing Panel) website by visiting www.prhpscotland.gov.uk

To join Scotland’s fight against fire and arrange a free home fire safety visit for you or someone you know, contact SFRS on the freephone number 0800 0731 999, text ‘check’ to 61611, or fill out a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk

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