Crews respond to house fire in Blairhall, Fife
28 January 2015
Crews from Dunfermline and Alloa attended.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were called to deal with a fire in a flat in Blairhall, Fife this morning (28 January).
Operations Control mobilised two appliances from Dunfermline and an appliance from Alloa to the scene. Crews arrived to find a flat in a block of four well-alight. Four firefighters in breathing apparatus were immediately committed to tackle the fire.
Station Manager Mark Bryce, the incident commander, said: “Fortunately all occupants from the flat and neighbouring properties had self-evacuated prior to our arrival.
“Crews used three hose reel jets to bring the flames under control. They continued working to ventilate the property and used a thermal imaging camera to check for any hidden fire spread within the structure.”
An ambulance was requested for one male occupant as a precaution but he did not require any further treatment.
Station Manager Bryce added: “This was a very severe fire and the fact the home had working smoke detection has probably saved lives.
“Our firefighters got to the scene within minutes but they were confronted with an already intense fire. The fire caused extensive damage to the property and the occupants were lucky it didn’t end in tragedy.
“This incident is also a reminder that working smoke alarms save lives and I would recommend everyone to take up our FREE home fire safety visit. Our crews routinely conduct free home fire safety visits to help householders identify risks and take the simple steps needed to reduce the chance of fires.
“If you or someone you know could benefit from our free home fire safety visit then get in touch.”
Anyone can join Scotland’s fight against fire and register for a free home fire safety visit by calling 0800 0731 999, filling out a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk or by contacting their local fire station.