Kitchen fire in Glasgow multi-storey flat
16 June 2015
Two people received oxygen from firefighters before being taken to hospital for precautionary check-ups.
A man and woman were taken to hospital for precautionary check-ups after a fire at a multi-storey flat in the north of Glasgow early this morning (Tuesday 16 June).
Firefighters were sent to the Katrine Court tower block in Cedar Street in response to a 999 call made around 1:50am and three crews from Maryhill and Cowcaddens reached the scene within five minutes.
The incident commander, Watch Manager Barry Colvan, said: “This was a kitchen fire in a middle-level flat in the 22 storey block.
“A man and woman were removed and they received oxygen therapy from firefighters while an ambulance made its way to the scene.”
He added: “Four firefighters in breathing apparatus searched the flat. They confirmed everyone was accounted for and used a single high pressure jet to extinguish the fire.
“Our crews then cleared smoke and carried out salvage operations while the casualties were passed to the care of our ambulance colleagues.”
The man and woman appeared to be suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke and after receiving attention from paramedics they were taken to the Southern General Hospital for precautionary check-ups.
Most house fires begin in the kitchen and SFRS is clear people can take simple steps to reduce the risk of an emergency arising.
The advice is never to step away from the cooker without first removing all pots and pans from the heat and turning off the hob and grill.
Items that could easily catch fire, such as tea-towels and kitchen paper, should always be kept well away from the cooker and any other potential sources of ignition.
If a fire does start then early warning buys vital time for people to get out and call 999.
Every home should have working smoke alarms and residents should also consider having a heat alarm fitted in their kitchen, as the devices provide early warning of a fire but will not activate due to small amounts of cooking-related smoke.
Free home fire safety visits are available from SFRS by calling the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in an online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.