Safety appeal after fire at Hamilton high-rise

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An unattended pot started a fire in the kitchen of the Alamda Tower multi-storey flat.

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Firefighters visited residents of Hamilton’s Almada Tower block after a pot left unattended on a cooker caused a fire in a high-rise flat on Thursday afternoon (21 January).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) appliances from Hamilton and Motherwell were sent to the incident in response to a 999 call made at 4:45pm.

Crews arrived within four minutes and found the small fire had already been extinguished by the householder.

The firefighters ensured she was unharmed, confirmed the fire was fully out and worked to clear smoke from the kitchen.

Station Manager Davie Murdoch, the commanding officer of Hamilton Community Fire Station, said: “Thankfully no-one was hurt in this incident but it’s a clear reminder that we all need to act to reduce the risk of fire happening in our homes.

“Fires start when our attention stops. It’s incredibly easy to get distracted and if that happens when something’s on the cooker then the consequences could be devastating.”

He continued: “There are very simple things everyone can do to prevent fires so our crews visited residents after this incident to reassure them and provide advice on how they can stay safe.”

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

Items like kitchen roll and towels, which could easily catch fire, should always be kept well away from the cooker.

With most house fires starting in the kitchen people are encouraged to have a heat alarm installed in the room, where it would provide early warning of a fire without activating due to small amounts of cooking-related smoke.

Station Manager Murdoch added: “Firefighters would much rather share their expert safety advice than respond to a fire where someone is seriously injured or killed.

“Older people, those who live alone, who have difficulty getting around and who have underlying health conditions can all be at increased risk from fire and we’re working through the South Lanarkshire Estates Partnership Group to reach potentially vulnerable residents.

“We also need the public to put us in touch with anyone who they think could be at risk so that our crews can help them to stay safe and feel safe in their homes.”

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.

 

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