Man burned in fire at Glasgow multi-storey
25 July 2013
Firefighters extinguish flames in a flat at a Knightswood tower block.
A man suffered burns to the hands and torso after fire broke out at a flat in a multi-storey block in the Knightswood area of the west of Glasgow.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Knightswood and neighbouring Clydebank responded to the incident, which took place at flats on Kestrel Road, around 1:45am on Wednesday (July 24), and arrived within minutes.
An SFRS spokesperson said: "Firefighters immediately moved to help a man who had made his way to the entrance of the building after suffering burns in an incident in the kitchen of a flat.
"While crew members provided first aid to the casualty, a team in breathing apparatus entered the flat and quickly extinguished the fire using a single water jet.
"With the arrival of an ambulance the man was passed to the care of paramedics and we understand he was taken to Glasgow's Western Infirmary to receive further treatment for superficial burns."
The incident is not being treated as suspicious and firefighters are eager to remind residents of things they can do to prevent fire damaging people and property.
The spokesperson added: "Most fires in the home begin in the kitchen and many could be prevented if simple steps are taken.
"We ask people to try to use modern electric deep fat fryers rather than traditional chip pans, because with traditional chip pans there's always a high risk of fire.
"If a traditional model is being used, then it should never be more than one third full, the handle should be kept to the side to avoid accidental spillages, and food being fried should always be dry.
"Cooking appliances should never be left unattended when they are in use as it only takes a second for flames to break out."