Candle safety message from SFRS after Aberdeen flat fire

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Appliances from Central, North Anderson Drive and Altens attended the fire in Elmfield Avenue, Powis, Aberdeen


Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is reminding residents in Aberdeen not to leave candles unattended following a house fire in the city last night.

Firefighters attended a house fire at an address in Elmfield Avenue, Powis, Aberdeen yesterday evening (22 March 2015) which is believed to have been started by a candle.

The fire was reported to control at 6.36pm. Six appliances (two from Central, two from North Anderson Drive and two from Altens) and the height vehicle from Central Fire Station were sent to the scene.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used two main jets and one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire within a top floor flat.

Crews used small gear to cut away and thermal imaging camera to check for fire spread and hot spots. They also used a PPV (Positive Pressure Ventilation) fan to ventilate the property.

There were no casualties and no one required to be rescued by firefighters.

The occupants of the flat were alerted due to the presence of a working smoke alarm. SFRS encourages everyone to make sure they have a working smoke alarm so that fire crews are alerted as soon as possible after a fire is discovered.

Group Manager Ally Birkett, who was Incident Commander at the scene, said: “The presence of a working smoke alarm within this property gave the occupants that important early warning. They were then able to get to safety, prevent any injuries and minimise the damage to the property.

“Everyone should have a working smoke alarm fitted in their home. If you don’t have one then we can offer a free Home Fire Safety Visit and provide you with a smoke alarm free of charge.

“It’s easy to arrange a visit, just contact us via our online form, call 0800 0731 999 or text "FIRE" to 80800 from your mobile phone.”

He added: “We have seen a number of fires recently in Scotland which involved candles and we would once again take this opportunity to remind residents to take care when using candles.

“Never leave them unattended. Unlike cigarettes the naked flame from a candle can spread rapidly if coming into contact with soft furnishings or other flammable items.

"It’s vital that lit candles are put in proper holders and never left unattended, particularly around pets or young children.”