House fire strikes in East Ayrshire

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Six firefighters entered the property in Galston to tackle the blaze.

SFRS name line on appliance

Firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled a blaze at a house in East Ayrshire on Thursday afternoon (10 December).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Millands Road in Galston around 2:35pm in response to the first of several 999 calls, with an appliance mobilised from Newmilns along with two from Kilmarnock.

Watch Manager Tony Cano, the incident commander, said: “This was a well-developed fire and we committed six firefighters in breathing apparatus to the property.

“They tackled the fire using high pressure jets and conducted a systematic search to confirm everyone was accounted for.

“Our crews undertook cutting away operations and used a thermal imaging camera to check for any hidden hot spots and they also ventilated adjacent properties that had been affected by smoke.”

A woman and a boy received precautionary check-ups from ambulance personnel but neither required any further treatment. SFRS crews left the scene shortly after 5:10pm.

Fire can strike anywhere and when it does early warning is crucial if people are to have the time they need to get to safety, with SFRS clear on the need for every property to be protected by working smoke alarms.

Local crews are available to share their advice and help householders take simple steps to reduce the chance a fire will happen and raise the chance of people getting to safety if one does start.

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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