Living room fire in South Lanarkshire

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Crew from Bellshill and Hamilton extinguish electric heater fire in Uddingston


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called to a fire caused by an electric heating device in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire this morning (26 January).

Johnstone Operations control received a 999 call at 8.27am reporting a fire in the ground floor of a two storey house on Greenrig Street. One appliance was mobilised from Bellshill Fire Station along with a passing vehicle from Hamilton Fire Station. Both were on the scene within minutes.

On arrival crews found a well-developed fire in the living room of the house and one woman who appeared to be suffering from slight smoke inhalation.

Four firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the room and brought the fire under control with a high pressure hose and a dry powder extinguisher. Crews remained in place until 9.11am to ventilate the house and ensure the fire was completely out.

Two women were treated at the scene by Scottish Ambulance Service personnel but suffered no injuries.

Watch Manager Gary McArthur, incident commander, said: “The source of this incident looks to have been an electric fire in the living room of the house.

“Every year people die and are injured in their homes as a result of fires caused by heating appliances. Fortunately we were able to get the people involved in this incident to safety, but it is important to remain alert around electric fires and all portable heaters.

“Keep any heater clean and well maintained and make sure that a safety guard is permanently fitted. Never stand too close to an electric fire and be careful not to place appliance too close to furniture, bedding or curtains.”