Neighbours alerted to fire by smoke alarm in Harthill

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Smoke alarm provides vital early warning to fire

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Fire crews from the West and East were called out last night (Thursday 20th June) just after 7.30pm to a chip pan fire at Polkemmet Drive, Harthill.

Neighbours were alerted by a smoke alarm actuating from the property and immediately called the fire service. A neighbour went into the property and managed to extinguish the fire and help the occupier to safety.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Operations Control Edinburgh mobilised crews from Whitburn, Bathgate, Bellshill and Shotts to the incident and on arrival they donned breathing apparatus, ventilated the property and made the area safe.

Firefighters administered oxygen therapy to the 65 year old female occupier until the arrival of the ambulance service. Once in the care of the ambulance service she was then taken to St Johns Hospital in Livingston for further treatment.

An SFRS spokesperson commented “Neighbours were alerted by the smoke detector actuating in the property and called us immediately.  The smoke detector provided the vital early warning to the fire and allowed us to get to the scene quickly. We cannot emphasis enough how important having a smoke detector in your household is.  Everyone should have working smoke detectors and test them every week.

“We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke detectors where required. Give us a call on our freephone number 0800 0731 999 or text “check” to 61611, or visit the website at