Smoke alarm saves lives after house fire in Lhanbryde, Elgin

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Fire service praises the action taken by the occupants of the house after smoke detector raised alarm

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A working smoke detector potentially saved the lives of two people following a house fire in Lhanbryde near Elgin at the weekend.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were alerted about the fire at 2.59am on Sunday (20 July 2014).

Five appliances attended the incident which included one pump from Lossiemouth, one from Rothes, one from Fochabers, a fourth from Elgin and the height vehicle from Inverness. The Incident Support Van from Elgin and the Welfare Pod from Huntly were also in attendance.

A male and female who were inside the detached property in Woodlands Drive at the time of the fire managed to escape after being alerted by their smoke detector.

Crews were faced with a well-developed fire upon arrival and firefighters in breathing apparatus used four main jets and two hosereel jets to extinguish the blaze. One jet from the height vehicle was also used in the firefighting operation.

Firefighters then carried out damping down operations throughout the night and into the morning. The last appliance left the scene at around 10.50am on the Sunday morning.

Station Manager Shaun Burns from Elgin said: "This incident highlights how important it is to have a working smoke alarm inside your property.

"I would like to praise the action taken by the occupants, who left the property as soon as possible and contacted the fire service immediately."

The fire is not being treated as deliberate and appears to have been caused by electrical equipment which had been left plugged in overnight.

Station Manager Burns added: "This incident demonstrates the importance of switching off and unplugging any electrical equipment before bedtime or if you intend to leave the house for an extended period of time.

"Additionally, if you are planning to go away on holiday remember to switch off before you set off."

SFRS wants communities to Join Scotland's Fight Against Fire and arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit.

If your home doesn't have a working smoke alarm the fire service will provide you with one free of charge during the visit.

Arranging a free Home Fire Safety Visit couldn't be easier. You can get in touch in the following ways:

* complete our online form
* call 0800 0731 999
* text "Check" to 61611 from your mobile phone

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