Fire safety advice issued following house fire in Aberdeen

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The fire in Gray Street earlier today is believed to have been started by a dishwasher

Aberdeen City Appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are advising residents not to leave large electrical appliances switched on when they leave the house or go to bed for the night.

Earlier this afternoon crews were called to respond to a house fire in Aberdeen's Gray Street, which is believed to have been caused by a dishwasher which had been running while the occupant was out. 

Control received a call from a member of the public at 12.20pm reporting a fire in the two-storey, terraced house.

One appliance from North Anderson Drive, a pump from Central and one each from Altens and Dyce attended the call. The height vehicle was also deployed from Central Fire Station.

Firefighters were confronted with thick smoke and severe heat when they arrived. Crews in breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. They also used small tools and a thermal imaging camera to check for further fire spread. A PPV (Positive Pressure Ventilation) fan was also used to clear smoke logging from the property and neighbouring properties.

No one was in the affected house at the time of the fire.

Station Manager Mike Cordiner said: "From our initial investigations this fire appears to have started in a dishwasher.

"I would like to take this opportunity to stress to the public not to leave dishwashers, tumble driers or washing machines on while they are out of the house or in bed.

"Fires in such appliances can smoulder for some time and if undetected can develop into a serious fire."

He added: "When we arrived the fire had already breached the plasterboard walls in the ground floor kitchen and if it had gone undetected for any longer it certainly would have spread to the upper floors.

"Our crews did an excellent job and were faced with thick smoke and extreme heat in the early stages. They worked hard to extinguish the fire quickly and ensure it did not spread."