Fire in common stairwell prompts warning from fire service

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Carelessly disposed smoking material started fire in common stairwell in Blairgowrie

Smoking - lighter burning

A fire in a common stairwell in Blairgowrie in the early hours of this morning has prompted a fire safety warning from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters were called to a property in the Wellmeadow area of Blairgowrie at 6.06am this morning following reports of a small fire on the third floor in a communal staircase.

Two appliances from Blairgowrie attended the incident and firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. They also used small tools to check for evidence of fire spread.

The fire is believed to have been started by the careless disposal of smoking material. 

Group Manager for Perth and Kinross, Rab Middlemiss said: "This incident highlights the dangers associated with the careless disposal of smoking materials in common closes, particularly if there are combustible materials stored there.

"We encourage people not to leave items in common closes or stairwells and cigarettes or cigars should be properly extinguished and disposed of. The safest option would be to smoke outside.

"If items or combustible materials are left near doors then escape routes can be blocked, which could have tragic consequences." 

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: