Man taken to hospital after kitchen fire in Carluke

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SFRS crews responded to the incident at a flat in the South Lanarkshire town on Tuesday evening.

SFRS name line on appliance

A man was taken to hospital after a fire struck at a flat in Carluke on Tuesday (28 July).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from the town and Lanark were sent to the incident in Whitehill Crescent in response to a 999 call made shortly after 7pm.

Firefighters reached the scene around six minutes later to find a fire within the kitchen of the property.

The incident commander, Watch Manager Thomas Mitchell, said: “We immediately committed two firefighters in breathing apparatus and they used a high pressure jet to extinguish the fire.

“Oxygen therapy was provided to a man who appeared to be suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke and we requested an ambulance attend.

“He was passed to the care of paramedics while our crews confirmed the fire was fully extinguished by cutting away and using a thermal imaging camera to check for any hidden fire spread.”

An ambulance took the casualty to Wishaw General Hospital for a precautionary check-up and SFRS crews left the scene around 8:20pm.

More fires begin in the kitchen than in any other room of the home and firefighters, with unattended cooking appliances a common cause of incidents.

The advice from SFRS is never to step away from a cooker without first removing any pots and pans from the heat and making sure the hob and grill are switched off.

Watch Manager Mitchell explained: “It only takes a moment’s distraction for a fire to start and it can happen to anyone.

“Recognising the risks lets people take the simple steps that go a long way to preventing fires from happening in the first place, but if one does start then early warning is crucial to avoiding a tragedy.

“Working smoke alarms save lives by drawing people’s attention to the danger and giving them the time they need to get out and call 999.

“That time is also important in giving firefighters the chance to reach the incident and bring a fire under control before it spreads throughout a home.”

Householders can also help protect their homes and everyone in them by having a heat alarm installed in the kitchen, where the devices provide early warning of a fire without being activated due to small amounts of smoke from cooking.

Free home fire safety visits are available from SFRS 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.

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