Fatal fire in Rutherglen

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Crews from Castlemilk and Clydesmill were sent to the incident in Tobermory Road.

A man died following a fire at a house in Rutherglen on Wednesday evening (12 August).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Castlemilk and Clydesmill were sent to Tobermory Road in response to a 999 call received shortly before 6:55pm.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property to locate and remove the man. They immediately provided emergency treatment until paramedics arrived to deliver specialist care and he was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital, however it was sadly confirmed that he did not survive.

A woman who had also been inside the house when the fire struck received a precautionary check-up from ambulance crews.

The fire was extinguished using a high pressure jet and specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit attended the scene.

Police Scotland have said that although the fire is not thought to be suspicious anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact officers at Rutherglen by calling 101.

No further information is available regarding the fire.

Information to help householders prevent fires and the tragedies they cause is available from the SFRS website and crews throughout Scotland routinely provide free home fire safety visits.
The visits are always arranged for a time that is convenient for the resident. They allow local firefighters to highlight common hazards and help people take simple steps to address them.

With early warning known to be vital if a fire does happen, the SFRS crews also check smoke alarms are working and even provide and install the devices if they are found to be needed.

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.