Crews attend kitchen fire in Coldstream

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Firefighters provided oxygen therapy to a male casualty

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Firefighters provided emergency treatment to a man for smoke inhalation after a kitchen fire at a house in Coldstream.

Wearing breathing apparatus, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews quickly put out the flames at the property in Cheviot Terrace before ventilating the house.

The crews from Coldstream and Kelso retained fire stations reached the scene within five minutes of a 999 call made at 6.44pm on Sunday (15 May).

Firefighters cared for the man by providing oxygen therapy until the arrival of the ambulance.  The man did not require hospital treatment.

SFRS crews visited neighbouring homes to offer residents fire safety advice before leaving the scene after 8pm.

Anyone can arrange a free home fire safety visit by calling SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

The short visits by local crews are scheduled for a time that suits the householder and allow firefighters to help residents prevent fires and the tragedies they cause.

As well as highlighting potential hazards and helping people take simple steps to address them, they also allow firefighters to check everyone in a home would get early warning in an emergency and install working smoke alarms where they are needed.

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.

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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