Discarded cigarette causes flat fire in Alloa

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Extensive damage to bedroom after cigarette causes fire

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Operations Control Maddiston received a call at 12.20pm to a flat fire in Hill Street, Alloa.

Crews from Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling were mobilised with the first crew at the scene in four minutes.  The fire had started in the bedroom of the downstairs flat in a block of four and was caused by a discarded cigarette.

The female occupant of the flat discovered her bed well alight and tried to smother the flames with no success.  She then got herself and a male occupant out of the house and called 999.

Crews quickly got the fire under control and extinguished but it had already caused extensive damage to the bedrooms and other parts of the flat.

The occupants suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to Forth Valley Hospital for further treatment.

Unfortunately their pet dog and cat also suffered smoke inhalation and passed away at the scene.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said “Cigarette ends can smoulder for ages we would urge people to make sure their cigarettes are extinguished properly.”