Volunteer crew responds to island fire

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Chip pan fire in Argyll and Bute leaves two people with smoke inhalation.

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Firefighters provided oxygen to a man and woman sustained smoke inhalation after a fire broke out within a home on an island in Argyll and Bute on Thursday 28 November.

The incident took place on Luing around 7:30pm and saw the Slate Island’s own volunteer Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crew on scene within 10 minutes.

Firefighters arrived to find flames had broken out within a chip pan in the kitchen of the property and, although extinguished before the arrival of SFRS crews, two people appeared to be suffering from slight smoke inhalation.

The Luing crew requested an ambulance for the man and woman, who were given oxygen therapy by the firefighters until paramedics arrived to take over their care.

Two appliances were also sent from Oban Community Fire Station on the mainland, with crews conducting cutting away operations to check for signs of hidden fire spread.

An SFRS spokesperson said:  “More house fires start in the kitchen than in any other room and traditional chip pans are a particularly high risk.

“We would urge anyone who does have an old fashioned chip pan to consider switching to a modern electric fryer.

“These are much safer than the traditional pans as they have safety switches that cut off to prevent them from overheating and catching fire.

“If anyone is using a chip pan then it is important they only ever fry in small amounts using dry food – not any wet or frozen items.

“We all have to accept that fire can happen to us and ensure our homes are protected by working smoke alarms, which buy life-saving time for people to escape if a fire does start.”