Man rescued by neighbour after chip pan fire in his flat in West Lothian

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A 48 year old man was rescued by his downstairs neighbour after his chip pan caught fire at his flat in Barton Terrace, Fauldhouse, West Lothian.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Operations Control Edinburgh received the call just after 7.30pm last night (Monday 29th July) and mobilised crews from Whitburn, Bathgate and West Calder.

On arrival the crews donned breathing apparatus and extinguished the fire using a high pressure hose reel and a fire blanket.  As the flat had no smoke detectors firefighters fitted new ones while on scene.

The casualty was treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation and was taken to St Johns Hospital in Livingston for a further treatment.  The 47 year old female neighbour was also checked over by paramedics but did not require hospital treatment.

An SFRS spokesperson explains: “Chip pans are one of the main causes of kitchen fires that we attend. People are killed or injured every day in accidental fires that start in their kitchen.  If you do choose to use a chip pan, make sure you do it safely.

“Every household should have working smoke detectors and test them every week. We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke detectors where required.  If you know someone who can benefit from our service, why not get them to give us a call?”

To request a home fire safety visit, call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or visit the website at