Flat fire in Perth

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Six appliances used to tackle flat fire

Shortly after 11.30pm last night (18th February) the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Dundee Control Room received the first of several calls to a fire in a third floor flat at St. Catherines Square in the High Street, Perth.

On arrival the first fire appliances were faced with a serious fire in a flat on the top floor of a four storey block of flats. One person had already jumped from the flat which was on fire sustaining serious injuries and was immediately given medical assistance by Firefighters and paramedics. A number of people were evacuated from adjoining flats for their safety while firefighters gained access to extinguish the fire. Six firefighters using breathing apparatus and firefighting jets extinguished the fire while other firefighters evacuated the building and the high reach appliance was also deployed to assist with firefighting and checking for fire spread in the roof space

The fire was extinguished a short time later containing the fire damage to one flat. Fire service personnel remained on scene for a period of time cutting away and damping down to ensure there was no further risk of fire spread until all appliances left the scene at 2.16am. At the height of the fire there were 6 fire appliances in attendance including 4 fire appliances, a high reach appliance and a command support unit which arrived from Perth, Dunkeld, Auchterarder and Dundee. A joint fire investigation will take place today with our colleagues from Police Scotland.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue’s Incident Commander Billy McLintock praised the efforts of all those involved: “I would like to give my thanks to the firefighters and partner agencies for their swift and effective actions which undoubtedly brought this serious fire to a safe conclusion.

“Can I also take this opportunity to prompt our communities to ensure they have a working smoke alarm fitted in their homes and importantly that they maintain the smoke alarm. Should anyone require further fire safety advice or a fee home fire safety visit please contact our free phone number 08000731999 of contact their local fire station.”