SFRS extinguished a house fire in Blairgowrie overnight

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Group Manager issues warning to residents not to leave combustible materials in common closes due to fire risk

Combustible Materials Removed From Flat Fire

The picture shows the amount of combustible material removed from the common close during the fire 

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended a house fire at a two-storey block in the Coralbank Crescent area of Blairgowrie in the early hours of this morning (22 July 2014).

The call was received by Dundee Control at 3.15am. Two appliances from Blairgowrie and one from Alyth were dispatched to the scene.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used one hosereel jet to tackle the fire. Seven people had to be rescued by firefighters and crews used a 9m ladder to lead them to safety through a first floor window.

Four flats were affected by heavy smoke logging and residents had to be provided with emergency accommodation due to the severity of the fire.

Firefighters ensured the blaze was contained to the close, the area in which the fire started.

Group Manager Graham Smart said: "This incident highlights the dangers associated with leaving combustible materials in common closes.

"If items are left near doors then escape routes can be blocked and on this occasion we had to help residents out using a ladder as their normal escape route had been compromised.

"There is no doubt the fire escalated due to the fact that combustible materials had been stored in the close. This practice is something Scottish Fire and Rescue Service actively discourages."

He added: "Don't allow rubbish to block escape routes or store refuse by doors, windows or any other openings.

"Make sure wheelie bins or sacks are not placed against your home, under windows or next to gas or electric boxes as fire and smoke can quickly spread to buildings."

"This fire had the potential to be even more serious given the amount of combustible material in the close."

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is keen to ensure everyone has a free Home Fire Safety Visit carried out to help keep communities safe from fire.

The short visit, which is easy to arrange, will look at smoke detection, fire escape plans and general fire safety within the home.

If you would like to book a free Home Fire Safety Visit you can get in touch in the following ways: