Firefighters rescue five from Clydebank blaze

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Control officers stayed on the lines to provide survival advice to 999 callers trapped in upper-floor flats

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Firefighters rescued five people from a blaze at a block of flats in Clydebank.

The incident at Ottawa Crescent in Dalmuir began around 5:40pm on Thursday (19 May) and saw three crews mobilised from Clydebank and Knightswood community fire stations.

It took less than five minutes for firefighters to arrive and as heat and smoke filled the close Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Control officers provided emergency survival guidance to 999 callers trapped inside upper floor homes.

They directed frontline crews to the residents while advising the callers how to stay safe and reassuring them that help was on the way. 

A woman, two children and two men were rescued and firefighters tended to them until paramedics arrived.

All five were suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke and ambulances took the two men to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

After being assessed by paramedics the woman and children were able to make their own way for precautionary check-ups.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used two high pressure jets to tackle the flames and completed a search of all eight flats in the building before conducting salvage work.

Residents were able to return to six of the building’s eight properties overnight.

Specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit attended the scene and will work closely with police to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

In the aftermath of the incident firefighters will visit residents of the area to offer fire safety advice.

Free home fire safety visits are available 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.

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