Man rescued from Paisley house fire

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Working smoke alarm gets neighbours' attention and helps prevent tragedy.

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A working smoke alarm has been credited as saving a man’s life after fire took hold in the kitchen of a house in Paisley.

Neighbours called the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service shortly after 5am on Wednesday (August 28) after hearing an alarm sounding within the Candren Road property, and two appliances were sent from the Renfrewshire town's own community fire station.

Watch Commander Kevin Hughes, the SFRS officer in charge, said: “We had reports of a person within the property and we arrived to find smoke issuing from the home.

“Crews forced entry via the property’s front door and led a man to safety. He was conscious and alert but suffering from slight smoke inhalation.

“The presence of a working smoke alarm potentially saved his life – it provided early warning of the danger and meant we were able to reach the scene in time to get the man safely out.

“Firefighters gave him oxygen therapy and ambulance crews decided to take him to the Royal Alexandra Hospital as a precaution.”

More house fires start in the kitchen than in any other room and the fire and rescue service is clear every householder can take action that could save lives.

Watch Commander Hughes added: “It’s vital we never leave cookers or chip pans unattended when we are using them – a fire can break out at any time and it only takes seconds for toxic smoke to spread through a home.

“Modern electric deep fat fryers are a lot safer than the old-fashioned chip pans, but if anyone is using the traditional pan then they should be no more than a third full and only dry food should be placed inside.

“These simple steps will reduce the risk of a spill that could easily set fire to surrounding materials, cause significant damage to property and potentially lead to loss of life.”

Further information on making sure your home is safe from fire can be found on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website, at /your-safety.aspx.