Fatal fire in Anniesland area of Glasgow

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Firefighters in breathing apparatus rescued the man but it was sadly later confirmed he had passed away in hospital.

SFRS name line on appliance

A man has died following a fire at a home in the Anniesland area of Glasgow during the early hours of Monday (22 June).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Fifth Avenue from Knightswood and Maryhill in response to a 999 call made shortly after 3:30am.

Firefighters reached the scene four minutes later and teams in breathing apparatus entered the two-storey building to search for anyone inside.

They found a well-developed fire within a bedroom and recovered the man, who was given emergency treatment for severe burns and the effects of breathing in smoke.

He was taken by ambulance to South Glasgow University Hospital but was later confirmed to have died.

Specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit attended the scene and established the fire was likely to have been caused by an electric blanket.

A single high pressure jet was used to extinguish the fire and SFRS crews remained at the scene to clear smoke from the property.

The tragedy happened as firefighters throughout Scotland are engaged in a week of action to reach out to people who may be at increased risk from fires.

Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, the SFRS director of prevention and protection, said: “In the wake of this tragedy everyone’s thoughts will of course be with the man’s family and friends.

“The loss of life through fire in the home will certainly be felt across the community and it will profoundly touch many people.

“We must all be asking ourselves if we know someone who could be at risk and thinking about those who are older, who have health conditions or who live alone and might be a bit isolated.

“Our crews can provide them with support to reduce the risk they will experience a fire or be hurt as a result, so anyone who is concerned about a friend, a relative or a neighbour should contact us now.”

On Friday (19 June) SFRS issued a nationwide appeal for people to put firefighters in touch with anyone who may be at increased risk.

That message can be found here: www.firescotland.gov.uk/news-campaigns/news/2015/06/sfrs-launches-week-of-action-to-save-lives.aspx.


*This text was amended to specify the suspected cause of the fire was an electric blanket.

Safety information:

People who use electric blankets should ensure they do so in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.

They should be tested by a qualified electrician every year if they are in constant use and any electric blanket should be tested at least once every three years.

The most common reason blankets fail is that due to their age, a fault has developed in the wiring or they don’t have an overheat protection system found in newer blankets.

Before using an electric blanket people should check for any of the following danger signs:

  • Scorch marks or discoloration areas visible on the fabric of the blanket.
  • Wires visible or poking through the fabric.
  • The fabric is frayed or worn.
  • There is damage to the power cable between the plug and the blanket’s control mechanism or between the control and the blanket.
  • The control makes a buzzing sound when switched on or gives off a scorching smell.
  • The blanket’s connector - where the electrical cable plugs into the blanket - is damaged or over-heating.

If people are in any doubt about the safety of their electric blanket they should replace it with a new one.

When choosing an electric blanket people should buy it from a reliable source and check that it has a current UK safety standard mark or states compliance with EN 60967, which means the blanket has been independently tested and meets the latest UK and European safety standards.