Firefighters rescue five people from Glasgow fire
25 June 2015
Three others had already jumped from the first floor of the tenement building in Shawlands.
Firefighters rescued five people from the upper floors of a four-storey tenement block in Glasgow’s Southside on Wednesday night (24 June).
Three others jumped from the building’s first floor prior to the arrival of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews at the incident in Mannering Road in Shawlands, which began shortly after 9:30pm.
First responders reached the scene within four minutes of being mobilised in response to a 999 call. Two appliances from Polmadie and two from Pollok attended the scene.
The incident commander, Station Manager Scott Murray, said: “Our crews arrived to find an already well-developed fire in a ground floor property and thick smoke affecting the floors above.
“Eight firefighters in breathing apparatus were committed to the building to tackle the fire and conduct a systematic search.
“Three adults and two children were rescued by firefighters. The five appeared to be suffering from slight smoke inhalation and they received treatment from paramedics.”
Ambulances took six people to the South Glasgow University Hospital and, after extinguishing the fire and ensuring everyone was accounted for, the SFRS crews used a thermal imaging camera and conducted extensive cutting away to check for hidden fire spread.
Station Manager Murray explained: “None of us can ever afford to think fire is something that can only happen to other people – it really can strike anywhere and this incident shows how quickly neighbouring properties can become affected.
“Thick smoke from this fire rapidly spread through the building’s close and the heavy smoke logging on all floors blocked people’s exit.
“It would obviously be a very frightening experience and that should bring home to all of us the importance of having early warning so a 999 call can be made and firefighters can get there quickly.”
He added: “Working smoke alarms are essential devices for every home and everyone needs to make sure they and those close to them have this vital protection.”
Firefighters throughout Scotland are engaged in a week of action to reach those at highest risk of experiencing a fire or being injured as a result.
SFRS appealing for people to get in touch if they or someone they know may benefit from advice or support to reduce the chance of a fire starting and help them stay safe and confident in their homes.
Free home fire safety visits take around 20 minutes to complete and are conducted by local SFRS crews at a time convenient for the householder.
A popular feature of the Join Scotland’s Fight against Fire campaign, they are available by calling the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in an online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.