Fire causes significant damage to house in Kirkgunzeon

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No-one was injured as a result of the incident at the property in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Dalbeattie and Dumfries responded to a fire at a home in Kirkgunzeon on Sunday night (9 August).

Operations Control received a 999 call reporting the incident shortly after 11pm and the crews reached the scene around 10 minutes later to find smoke issuing from the roof of the single-storey property.

Station Manager Joe Shepherd was at the scene. He said: “Two firefighters entered wearing breathing apparatus and equipped with a hose jet.

“They discovered a fire in a cupboard, which had spread to the hallway and filled the house with thick smoke. The fire was quickly extinguished and our crews used positive pressure fans to ventilate the house.”

No-one was inside the home at the time of the fire. On returning to the property the occupier found the smoke alarms activating and immediately called 999 on seeing the building was heavily smoke-logged.

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera and small tools to check for hidden fire spread and cleared debris before leaving the scene around 2:30am.

Station Manager Shepherd added: “Thankfully no-one was in at the time the fire started but although no-one was injured this was a serious fire that caused extensive damage to a family home.

“It shows fire can happen to anyone and that’s why it’s vital that every home is protected by working smoke alarms.

“We really want to hear from anyone who thinks they or someone they know could use some assistance to identify fire hazards and make sure smoke alarms are in place to give early warning of a fire.

“Our crews routinely conduct free home fire safety visits – it’s a popular service that gives people a lot of peace of mind and really could save lives.”

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