Fatal fire in Glasgow
26 December 2013
Crews respond to a fire in Hermiston Road, Glasgow.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews responded to reports of a fire at a property in Hermiston Road, Glasgow at 8:31 pm on Wednesday 25th December 2013.
SFRS Operations Control immediately mobilised two appliances from Easterhouse Community Fire Station and a further appliance from Clydesmill.
Crews arrived within five minutes to find the ground floor well alight. Six firefighters entered the house wearing breathing apparatus and, equipped with high pressure water jets quickly brought the fire under control. The occupier, an 83 year old woman, was rescued by firefighters, sadly despite the efforts of firefighters and Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police Scotland and SFRS are conducting a join investigation into the cause of the fire.
There are more house fires in December and January than at any other time of year and SFRS is eager for the public to "Join Scotland's Fight Against Fire" and to take action to protect themselves and those around them from fire within the home.
Anyone who keeps an eye on a vulnerable relative, friend or neighbour can make a real difference – potentially saving their life – by putting them in touch with SFRS.
Public awareness of fire risks has undoubtedly increased and more properties than ever are now, but SFRS know fire is a constant threat the public need to help prevent.
To arrange a free home fire safety visit, where local crews share potentially life-saving tips to prevent fire in the home, call the SFRS Freephone number 0800 0731 999, TEXT 61611 or contact your local community fire station.