Flat fire in Bonnybridge

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Firefighters were called to a fire in a flat at Main Street in Bonnybridge at 1.21am this morning (26th November) after receiving a call stating that smoke was issuing from the first floor flat.

Operations Control Maddiston immediately mobilised appliances from Denny and on arrival crews were faced by a dangerous fire, which had spread through the first and second floors and the roof space.

The incident commander immediately requested additional appliances, including a high reach vehicle, from Larbert, Falkirk, Boness, Alloa and Slamanan to assist firefighting and rescue operations.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus were quickly tasked with searching the affected building for anyone still inside and tackling the fire using main water jets, assisted by the high reach appliance.

One resident of the affected flat had escaped from a first floor window prior to the arrival of the fire service and was taken by ambulance to Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

All other residents were removed to safety by SFRS crews.

The incident commander stated: “On arrival we were faced with an extremely difficult and well-developed fire but due to crews’ speedy response we were able to ensure no other people were injured and the fire was contained before it could spread to neighbouring properties.”

An investigation will be conducted into the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Police Scotland have closed the section of the A803 along High Street and into Main Street and it is likely to remain closed to traffic for the remainder of the day.