Woman confirmed dead after Kilwinning fire

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Firefighters rescued a man from the North Ayrshire property.

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A woman died and a man suffered severe smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a home in North Ayrshire during the early hours of Tuesday (25 March).

Emergency services made their way to Glenapp Place in Kilwinning in response to a 999 call made to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) shortly after 2am.

Firefighters entered the smoke-filled building and found a woman who was confirmed to have died at the scene. The SFRS teams found and successfully rescued a man who was passed to the care of paramedics before being taken to hospital.

Multiple high pressure water jets were used to extinguish the flames and firefighters treated a second woman – who was from an adjacent property – for minor smoke inhalation.

Station Manager Scott Cunningham, the incident commander, said: “The thoughts of all the emergency responders will be the family and friends of the woman who lost her life as well as with the man and woman who were injured.

“Our crews arrived at this incident within minutes of the 999 call but they were already faced by a well-developed fire producing large amounts of toxic smoke.

“We immediately committed teams to the building and a total of eight firefighters in breathing apparatus were operating inside the property, conducting both search and rescue and firefighting duties.

“Their skill, courage and professionalism ensured a man was rescued from the smoke-filled building and taken to hospital, however tragically a woman found inside the property was confirmed to have died at the scene.”

Three appliances from Kilwinning, Ardrossan and Kilmarnock community fire stations were sent in response to the 999 call, with the crews working alongside Scottish Ambulance Service personnel and Police Scotland officers throughout the morning.

Specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit in Glasgow attended the incident and will conduct a joint investigation with Police Scotland.

Detective Inspector Stevie Wallace at Saltcoats CID said: “A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death which is currently being treated as unexplained. 

“The woman has still to be formally identified and we are therefore unable to provide further personal details at this time.  I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Glenapp Place, Kilwinning around 2am on Tuesday morning to get in touch.”

Any person who saw or heard anything that may be relevant to police is asked to telephone the CID at Saltcoats on the non-emergency number 101.  Alternatively telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.  

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