Woman rescued from Ayr house fire

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SFRS crews extinguished the well-developed fire and provided emergency treatment at the scene.

 firefighters and appliance at incident in street at night

Firefighters rescued a woman from a fire at a block of flats in South Ayrshire early Thursday morning (29 May).

A search and rescue team recovered the casualty from the four-storey building in Ayr’s Mill Street while their fellow firefighters used a high pressure water jet to tackle the well-developed fire.

The incident took place around midnight and saw three appliances from Ayr Community Fire Station sent in response to the 999 call.

Group Manager Murdo Henderson, the incident commander, said: “The initial reports were of a fire within a close so the crews first in attendance had to quickly adapt as they were confronted with a very different situation.

“The watch and crew commanders responded by immediately committing teams in breathing apparatus and these firefighters successfully rescued a woman and extinguished the flames.

“Our crews provided her with emergency treatment until the arrival of the Scottish Ambulance Service. She was then passed to the care of paramedics, who continued treatment for burns and smoke inhalation before she was taken to Ayr Hospital.”

Work to prevent fires and the injuries and deaths they cause is at the centre of the modern firefighter’s role.

The ongoing Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire campaign calls on everyone to consider fire safety, discuss it with those around them, and take action to reduce the risks within the home.

Smoking and alcohol are contributory factors in many house fires and SFRS crews are clear that tragedies could be prevented.

Group Manager Henderson added: “Fire can strike anywhere but by understanding the risks we can all take positive steps to keep ourselves and our families, neighbours and friends much safer.

“The fact is fires often happen when people become distracted. Recognising this means people can easily avoid creating the circumstances that lead to tragedies. 

“No-one should ever smoke in bed and anyone who is feeling tired or is under the influence of alcohol should avoid having a cigarette while they’re sitting down – it’s just too easy to fall asleep and start a fire.

“We know working smoke alarms save lives. If a fire does happen then these devices provide early warning that is absolutely vital for anyone inside.

“Not only does it buy time for people to get out and call 999, but it also gives our crews the chance to reach anyone still inside before it’s too late and bring the fire under control before it spreads.”

Free home fire safety visits are available to people in every community ion Scotland. Provided by local firefighters, they are designed to help householders stay safe and confident in their homes.

To arrange a visit call the SFRS freephone number 0800 0731 999, text ‘check’ to 61611 or complete the online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.