Smoke detector alerts occupant to fire

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Small kitchen fire in Falkirk extinguished prior to crews arrival

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received a call just after 2.20am on Thursday morning (25th April) to a report of a smoke detector sounding in an upper flat in Millburn Street, Falkirk.

Appliances from Falkirk and Larbert were mobilised and on arrival discovered there had been a small fire in the kitchen which had been extinguished prior to their arrival.

Firefighters rescued one man and administered first aid for smoke inhalation until the arrival of the ambulance.  The casualty was then transferred to Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Ten people from the neighbouring flats were evacuated as a precaution due to the smoke.  They were allowed back into their properties once it was declared safe.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Fortunately, a working smoke detector alerted the occupant to the fire and firefighters were able to get to the incident quickly. This really highlights the value of having a working smoke alarm.  

"Every household should have working smoke detectors and test them every week. They provide vital early warning if fire breaks out in your home and really could save your life in an emergency."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provides free home fire safety visits and fits smoke detectors where required. If you or someone you know could benefit from a visit, call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or visit the website at