Crews attended house fire in Rosemarkie this morning

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The female occupant of the house escaped from an upstairs window

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was called to attend a house fire in Rosemarkie at 9.40am this morning (30 July 2015).

Control received a call from a woman who said she was trapped inside her property in Crawford Avenue due to a fire in the ground floor living room of the two-storey house.

Three appliances from Inverness were immediately sent to the scene and control operators reassured the woman over the phone, advising her to go to the safest place in the house, which was an upstairs bedroom.

A member of the public and two Police Scotland officers saw the woman at the window and they assisted her onto the ground after she had climbed out of the window and lowered herself down to safety.

When crews arrived shortly afterwards they provided the woman with oxygen therapy whilst other crew members tackled the fire. A member of the public who assisted the woman was also provided with oxygen therapy and along with the woman placed in the care of paramedics.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. They then ventilated the property and cut away the affected area using small tools to check for any evidence of fire spread. No one else was within the property at the time.

Inquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing, but SFRS Station Manager for Prevention and Protection, Dave McDiarmid highlighted how crucial it was that the house was fitted with working smoke detection equipment, as it alerted the woman to the presence of a fire.

He said: "Having working smoke detection in your home really can save your life. It provides you with crucial early warning if you are unfortunate enough to encounter a fire within your home.

"This lady was alerted by her smoke alarm and she called 999 immediately. Our control operators did an excellent job by reassuring her and providing her with crucial fire safety advice, whilst at the same time updating crews about the ongoing situation as they made their way to the scene.

"We would encourage people to ensure they have a smoke alarm within their property and that it is tested regularly to ensure it is working.

"Scottish Fire and Rescue Service also provides free Home Fire Safety Visits to all householders. During these shorts visits we can supply smoke alarms free of charge to anyone who doesn't have one and we can discuss the importance of having a fire escape plan in the event of a fire in your home."

It's very easy to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit. You can get in touch in the following ways:

* complete our online form
* call 0800 0731 999
* click the 'Book Now' button our the SFRS Facebook page
* text "FIRE" to 80800 from your mobile phone

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