Recently fitted smoke alarm saves woman from house fire in Perth

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The smoke alarm which alerted the occupant had been fitted during a recent Home Fire Safety Visit

Tumble Drier Burned Out

A smoke alarm fitted by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) during a recent Home Fire Safety Visit potentially saved the life of the occupier after a house fire in Perth at the weekend.

Control received the first of two 999 calls at 5:14am on Saturday 5 July to a fire at a house in Woodside Crescent, Perth.

One of the calls was from the female occupier who was asleep in a first floor bedroom when she was woken by the smoke alarm, which had been fitted by SFRS firefighters as part of a Home Fire Safety Visit (HFSV) just a few months earlier.

Control staff advised her to leave the property immediately as firefighters were dispatched to the scene. The woman calmly left the property with her two pet dogs and awaited the arrival of firefighters.

Two appliances from Perth responded to the incident and were on the scene in less than five minutes. On arrival crews were faced with a well-developed fire in the ground floor kitchen of the semi-detached house. A large amount of acrid smoke was coming from the kitchen and spreading throughout the house.

Two firefighters immediately entered the house wearing breathing apparatus and used a hosereel jet to extinguish the fire. They then used a Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) fan to remove the remaining smoke and heat to minimise damage.

There are no suspicious circumstances and the fire started in a tumble dryer that was not in use at the time.

Group Manager Rab Middlemiss, who attended the incident said: "This incident highlights the value of having working and fully tested smoke alarms within your home. They truly are life saving devices.

“Together with the correct actions of the householder, the prompt action and life-saving advice from our Control Room Staff and the rapid intervention of our fire crews, this incident has been resolved successfully with no-one being injured and limited damage to the property.

“Our local firefighters in Perth and Kinross have carried out more than 20,000 HFSV’s in the last five years. Crews were out again at the weekend providing advice and reassurance to local residents in the Craigie area by offering free visits and fitting smoke alarms. In this day and age there is no excuse for not having a smoke alarm in your home.

"If you or someone you know could benefit from a visit, please join Scotland’s fight against fire and request a visit by calling the SFRS freephone number 0800 0731 999."

A wide range of tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe from fire are available on the SFRS website: