Crews attended house fire in Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire last night

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SFRS want to highlight the importance of its message: Get Out, Stay Out and call 999 immediately if you experience a fire in your home

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend a house fire in Garden Crescent, Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire last night (25 November 2015).

Operations Control in Aberdeen received a call at 5.49pm reporting smoke within a two-storey property.

The occupier told control there were two dogs and three cats inside the property which required to be rescued.

Appliances from Banff and Macduff were sent to the scene.

The control operator correctly advised the occupier against entering the property to rescue the animals and to wait for fire service attendance.

When crews arrived they were faced with a fire in a first floor bedroom. Two dogs managed to vacate the property prior to fire service arrival.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. They then ventilated the property using a PPV (Positive Pressure Ventilation) fan and located three cats, which had sadly died.

The bedroom was extensively damaged by fire and there was serious smoke damage to the first floor of the property.

Fire crews also used a thermal imaging camera to check for any signs of fire spread.

Watch Manager Ronnie Simpson from Macduff said: "Had the occupier not taken the advice of our control operator on board the consequences could have been extremely serious.

"Our advice, if you are unfortunate enough to experience a house fire, is to get out of the property, stay out and call the fire service immediately.

"The crews who entered this house experienced zero visibility due to the thick, acrid smoke, therefore the advice from our control operator prevented a human tragedy.

"At the same time we of course understand how distressing it must be for the occupier to lose animals in such a manner."