Man suffers burns after flat fire in Falkirk

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Smoke alarm had flat batteries

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Operations Control Maddiston received a call at 9.23am this morning (10th December) to a fire in a first floor flat at Stewart Road in Falkirk.

Fire crews from Falkirk and Larbert donned breathing apparatus to enter the property and extinguished the fire with two hose reel.

An 80 year old male suffered burns to his shoulders and smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to Hospital.

The fire was caused by the cooker in the kitchen and although the property did have a smoke alarm it did not have working batteries. 

Station Manager Andy Bennett said: "Remember to replace the batteries in your smoke detector as a working smoke detector provides the vital early warning to fire.  We urge every household to have working smoke detectors and test them every week

“We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke detectors where required.  If you know someone who can benefit from our service, why not get them to give us a call?”

To request a home fire safety visit, call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or visit the website at