Kitchen fires show need to act

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Separate incidents in Motherwell and Lenzie see three people injured.


Firefighters treated three people injured after two small kitchen fires at properties in North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire yesterday evening (Wednesday 18 September).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Motherwell and Bellshill responded to an incident in a flat on Dinmont Crescent around 5:45pm, with four firefighters entering the property wearing breathing apparatus to clear smoke from the kitchen.

The SFRS team assessed a man who was inside the flat before calling an ambulance so paramedics could provide him with further treatment for both slight smoke inhalation and a minor burn.

At almost the same time, a crew from Kirkintilloch Community Fire Station were providing help to two elderly residents who sustained smoke inhalation from a similar incident at their home in Lenzie.

Firefighters responded shortly before 6pm after a 999 call reported a fire within the kitchen of an Oak Drive property, with an ambulance again called to assist.

An elderly woman was transported to Glasgow Royal Infirmary after further assessment from paramedics, while an elderly man refused treatment.

More house fires begin in the kitchen than in any other room and firefighters are clear that simple steps can prevent smoke and flames from breaking out and damaging lives and property.

A spokesperson said: “We can all take action to prevent fire starting and give everyone in our homes the time needed to escape if flames do break out.

“It only takes a second for fire to start and it can very quickly spread potentially lethal smoke throughout a home, so it is vital people have working smoke alarms and close doors fully at night.

"Cookers should never be left unattended when they are in use and things like kitchen paper or towels, which can easily catch fire, should be kept well away from any source of ignition.

“Anyone who could benefit from some simple fire advice should contact us and arrange a free home fire safety visit.

“These couldn’t be easier to set up and our crews will happily arrange to visit at a time that is convenient for the resident.

“Every firefighter knows of a tragedy that could have been prevented, so if you – or someone you know – could benefit from some potentially life-saving advice, please get in touch.”

To arrange a visit call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, or text “check” to 61611. Further information is also available on the SFRS website at