Man treated for smoke inhalation after Lanark fire
30 January 2015
A team in breathing apparatus removed the man to safety and extinguished the kitchen fire.
Firefighters provided oxygen to a man who was suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke following a small fire in the kitchen of a flat in South Lanarkshire on Thursday evening (29 January).
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to the incident at Saddlers Mews in Lanark in response to a 999 call received shortly before 7:15pm.
Two appliances were mobilised from Lanark Community Fire Station and firefighters reached the scene within three minutes.
The incident commander, Watch Manager Craig Langford, said: “This was a fire in a ground floor flat within a three storey residential building.
“I committed two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and equipped with a hosereel jet. They extinguished a small fire within the kitchen and removed a man who appeared to be suffering from slight smoke inhalation.
“We requested an ambulance and firefighters administered oxygen to the casualty until it arrived. He received a precautionary check-up from ambulance personnel but no further treatment was required.”
Most house fires begin in the kitchen with a common factor being someone becoming distracted while cooking.
The advice to householders is to only step away from the cooker after making sure all pots and pans are removed from the heat and the hob and grill are turned off.
If a fire does start then toxic smoke can quickly spread throughout a home, so early warning is crucial to preventing tragedies.
Every home should be protected by working smoke alarms and the message from firefighters is if a fire happens then everyone should immediately get out, call 999 and wait for the fire service to arrive.
As an added measure of protection, householders can purchase heat alarms for their kitchens. The devices provide early warning of fire but are not activated by cooking-related smoke.
People can arrange a free home fire safety visit and join Scotland's fight against fire by calling SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999 or by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800, which is also free of charge.
Alternatively, visits can be arranged via the SFRS website www.firescotland.gov.uk.