Man rescued from Glasgow kitchen fire
24 December 2013
Off-duty firefighter removed occupant from Maryhill flat.
A man was rescued from a burning flat in the north of Glasgow by an off-duty firefighter last night (Monday 23 December).
The fire took place around 10pm at a second floor tenement property on Sandbank Crescent in the Maryhill area of the city.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said: “We received a 999 call reporting a fire within a flat and that a man had been pulled from the property.
“Two appliances were immediately sent from Maryhill Community Fire Station along with a third from Knightswood, and crews were on scene less than five minutes after the call was received.
“Four firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property to search for further casualties but no-one else was inside the property.
“They extinguished the flames using a high pressure water jet and the man who was rescued by an off duty firefighter received treatment for slight smoke inhalation from paramedics at the scene.
“This fire started in the kitchen and across Scotland we know more fires begin there than in any other room of the house.
“With around 60 per cent of all accidental house fires caused by cooking appliances and an increased risk over the festive season, it is absolutely vital that we all recognise fire can strike any home and act now.
“Firefighters have too often attended tragedies that could have been prevented if very simple precautions had been taken to make a home and the people in it safe.
“We need everyone to join Scotland’s fight against fire and take responsibility for their own safety and that of the people around them.
“Cooking appliances should never be left unattended while they are in use and we should all be aware that cooking and alcohol are a potentially lethal mix.
“When fire does strike in a home then the presence of working smoke alarms is often the difference between life and death, as they provide early warning to give people time to escape and for help to arrive.
“The public are firefighters’ greatest ally in the battle to keep our communities safe, and we need active citizens to help us reach the people who are at highest risk from fire.
“If you or someone you know could benefit from some friendly, expert advice on how to make sure a home is fire safe, then please contact us to arrange a free home fire safety visit.
“More than 56,000 have been completed by our crews in the past year, giving residents welcome peace of mind that a fire is less likely to happen to them, and they are more likely to escape safely if it does.
“Most of us look out for someone like a vulnerable friend, relative or neighbour, and more of us than ever would consider putting them in touch with the fire service.
“Our message is clear – making that call could save your life or the life of someone close to you.
“Call the freephone number 0800 0731 999 and we will arrange to visit at a time convenient for the householder.”