Fatal fire in North Lanarkshire

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A woman died following a house fire in Airdrie early this morning.

SFRS name line on appliance

A woman died following a fire at a house in North Lanarkshire early this morning (Wednesday 29 April).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Mavsibank Street in Airdrie in response to a 999 call received shortly before 12:25am.

Operations Control mobilised two appliances from Coatbridge Community Fire Station and they reached the scene around six minutes later.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the house and removed the woman. Our crews and paramedics provided emergency treatment at the scene but sadly she did not survive.”

The fire was extinguished using a single high pressure jet and SFRS teams confirmed no-one remained unaccounted for.

Officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit and Police Scotland will work to ascertain how the fire started.

The SFRS spokesperson added: “The loss of life through fire is always a tragedy that impacts many people across a community and our thoughts are very much with the woman’s family and friends.

“While we cannot comment on the specific circumstances surrounding this incident, any death through fire must prompt us all to consider fire safety and take steps to reduce any risks to ourselves and those around us.

“Our crews are available to provide free home fire safety visits and we want to hear from anyone who thinks they or someone they know could benefit from this service.

“The visits don’t take long and they're done by local firefighters, who help residents address any hazards, develop a fire action plan and also provide and install working smoke alarms where these are needed.”

Free home fire safety visits can be arranged by calling SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or via the SFRS website www.firescotland.gov.uk.