Fire in Glasgow close sees woman and two children hospitalised
23 March 2015
Crews provided oxygen to the casualties at the scene of the incident at a tenement block in Govan.
A woman and two infant boys were taken to hospital following a small fire in a tenement close in Glasgow’s Southside on Sunday evening (22 March).
Firefighters sent to the incident at Langlands Road in the Govan area of the city around 7:20pm provided the casualties with oxygen therapy for the effects of breathing in smoke and requested ambulances attend the scene.
Paramedics determined they required further treatment for slight smoke inhalation. The children were taken to Yorkhill Hospital and the woman was taken to the Southern General Hospital.
Station Manager Stephen McGrath said: “Two firefighters in breathing apparatus were able to quickly put out this fire but the smoke it produced had already affected a woman and two small boys inside one of the flats.
“Even small fires produce toxic smoke that threatens lives. Communal closes are obviously confined spaces so any fire in them is incredibly dangerous as the smoke quickly travels to properties and endangers people inside.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) officers have appealed for people who live in flats to make sure their landings and stairwells are kept clear.
Household items left in closes not only impede people’s escape in the event of an emergency, they can also attract criminals responsible for deliberately starting fires.
Station Manager McGrath added: “Those who start fires should know their behaviour could cost lives or leave innocent people with truly horrendous injuries.
“I would urge anyone with information on people who are involved in starting fires to help protect their communities by contacting the police, but it’s also important we all act to ensure our homes are protected if a fire does start.
“That means making sure we have working smoke alarms to give everyone inside early warning of the emerging danger – buying time for firefighters to arrive.”
Two appliances from Govan Community Fire Station attended the incident and after extinguishing the fire and clearing smoke the crews completed three free home fire safety visits at in the vicinity.
To join Scotland’s fight against fire and arrange a free home fire safety visit, call SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999 or text ‘FIRE’ to 80800.
Alternatively, visits can be arranged via the SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk.