Fatal fire in Airdrie

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It has sadly been confirmed a man firefighters removed from a flat did not survive.

SFRS logo on appliance

A man died following a fire at a flat in Airdrie on Sunday morning (17 January).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to North Biggar Road in response to a 999 call made shortly after 10:40am. Two appliances were mobilised from Coatbridge Community Fire Station and they reached the scene around five minutes later.

Four firefighters in breathing apparatus carried out a search and rescue operation, which resulted in the man being found and brought from the property.

He immediately received emergency treatment from firefighters before being passed to the care of paramedics. An ambulance took him to Monklands General Hospital but it was sadly confirmed that he did not survive.

SFRS crews extinguished the fire using a high pressure jet and confirmed no-one remained inside the affected flat or neighbouring properties, with cutting away operations conducted to ensure there was no hidden fire spread.

Officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit attended the scene to help establish the circumstances surrounding the incident, which is not thought to be suspicious.

Following the tragedy SFRS has again appealed for everyone to ensure their home and those of people close to them are protected by working smoke alarms.

Crews throughout Scotland provide advice and support in their communities but reaching those who are at highest risk from fire is a constant challenge and firefighters want the public to put them in touch with anyone who could be vulnerable.

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.

During a visit, firefighters check to ensure the home is protected by working smoke detection and will even provide and install smoke alarms where the life-saving devices are found to be needed.

Residents are also advised to consider having a heat alarm installed within the kitchen, as the devices provide additional early-warning of a fire without activating due to small amounts of cooking-related smoke.