Fire strikes house in Glasgow's Southside

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Occupants of the Shawlands property were taken to hospital after the fire in the basement.


Two people were taken to hospital following a fire at a house in Glasgow’s Southside early this morning (Thursday 26 February).

Crews were sent to the incident at Blairhall Avenue in Shawlands from Polmadie Community Fire Station in response to a 999 call made shortly before 1:10am, with firefighters reaching the scene around six minutes later.

Watch Manager David Reid, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) incident commander, said: “This was a fire in the basement of a three-storey terraced house.

“I committed four firefighters in breathing apparatus – they were equipped with two hosereel jets and successfully extinguished the main seat of fire

“An ambulance was in attendance for two occupants who appeared to be suffering from signs of shock. They were both taken to the Victoria Infirmary for precautionary check-ups.

“Our crews continued to check for signs of fire spread and ensure the fire was fully out before we left the scene.”

The presence of large amounts of materials meant the firefighters committed to the basement initially experienced difficulty in accessing the main seat of fire.

Householders are reminded of the importance of always keeping access routes clear, as this will help people to get to safety in an emergency and also reduce the chance of a fire starting in the first place.

Firefighters in every community can advise residents of the potentially hazardous build-ups of items as well as many other risks often found within homes.

To join Scotland's fight against fire and arrange a free home fire safety visit for you or someone you know, call SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999.

Alternatively, people can arrange a visit by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800, which is also free of charge, or via the SFRS website

When fires do start the early warning provided by working smoke alarms is crucial to giving people the time they need to get to safety.