Smoke alarm raises the alert in Renfrewshire

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Fire in block of flats in Johnstone.

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A working smoke alarm from a neighbouring property saw firefighters called to an incident at a flat in the Renfrewshire town of Johnstone.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews responded to reports of an alarm activating within a second floor flat in a three storey block on Graham Street in the early hours of Sunday (July 28).

A spokesperson said: "Two appliances were sent from nearby Johnstone Community Fire Station around 12:50am and firefighters were on scene in minutes.

"The crews found properties thick with smoke and located a fire within the first floor of the building - quickly extinguishing it by using a single high-pressure water jet.

"They provided treatment to a man suffering from slight smoke inhalation and requested an ambulance be sent so paramedics could provide further medical treatment.  

"He was given a check-up at the scene but refused the ambulance team's offer of further assessment in hospital."

Firefighters continued working to check for signs of hidden fire spread and ensure the safety of the scene.

The incident was said to be a clear demonstration of the value working smoke alarms bring to any property.

The spokesperson added: "Fire can strike anywhere and spread in an instant, so if it does then working smoke alarms are vital to giving people the time needed to get to safety.

"Every property should have an alarm on every level and it should be tested weekly to ensure it is protecting those using the premises."

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