Kitchen fire in Inverness

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Firefighters reached the scene within four minutes of a 999 call

SFRS name line on appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews assisted two people after a kitchen fire at a flat in Inverness.

Firefighters entered the Bruce Avenue property wearing breathing apparatus and they cleared smoke from the home while their colleagues tended to the man and woman outside.

The crews from Inverness Fire Station reached the scene within four minutes of a 999 call made shortly after 9:10pm Thursday (14 April).

They quickly ensured the fire – which involved a microwave – was fully extinguished and with the arrival of the ambulance service both casualties were passed to the care of paramedics.

Assessments at the scene found one of them to be uninjured. The other declined further treatment for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Most house fires begin in the kitchen and SFRS crews throughout the country routinely provide advice and support to help residents make it less likely they will experience such an emergency.

Free home fire safety visits can be arranged by calling SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or completing a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

The short visits are always arranged for a time that is convenient for the householder.

They also allow firefighters to check everyone in a home would get early warning in an emergency and the SFRS crews even install working smoke alarms where the life-saving devices are needed.

People are also advised to consider having a heat alarm installed in the kitchen, where the devices provide further early warning of a fire without activating due to small amounts of cooking-related smoke.

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