Glasgow man rescued after smoke fills house
21 June 2013
Firefighters give oxygen therapy after leading the man to safety.
A man was led to safety by firefighters responding to reports of a smoke alarm activating in a house on Linhead Road in Glasgow's Southside on Friday (June 21).
Two appliances from Pollok Community Fire Station were despatched to the 8:40am incident, with appliances reaching the scene less than three minutes later.
An SFRS spokesperson said: "Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the building and discovered smoke coming from the property's kitchen, although the small fire had already gone out.
"The crews searched the home for anyone in need of help and found a man sleeping in a bedroom. He was woken and led safely from the building by firefighters who then gave him oxygen therpay .
"With the arrival of an ambulance the casualty was placed in the care of paramedics, who provided further treatment before deciding he did not need to go to hospital."
A working smoke alarm within the property has been credited as drawing neighbours' attention to the danger, meaning firefighters could quickly respond and rescue the man inside the house at the time.
The spokesperson added: "This incident shows how smoke can travel throughout a home in an instant and is a clear reminder of the vital need for every property to be protected by working smoke alarms.
"While alarms will provide crucial time for people to get to safety if a fire does break out, we also want everyone to take action to prevent fire starting in the first place.
"Kitchens are the place where most house fires begin and I urge people to remember never to leave a cooker unattended while it is in use. Keeping towels and kitchen paper away from potential sources of ignition will also go a long way to preventing a tragedy."
Advice on how to prevent fire from starting in the kitchen is available by clicking
here, and firefighters are keen for the public to help them protect their communities.
To request a home fire safety visit, call the SFRS freephone number:
0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or visit the website at www.firescotland.gov.uk”