Aberdeen fire officer says recent house fire highlights importance of smoke alarms

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Crews were called to extinguish a fire at a flat in Sandilands Drive in Aberdeen last night

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An Aberdeen fire officer has said that the presence of a working smoke alarm prevented a far more serious incident following a house fire in the city last night.

Firefighters were called to respond to a house fire in Sandilands Drive in the Woodside area of the city at 11.35pm (9 February 2016) after the residents, who were in bed at the time, were woken by their smoke alarm.

The two occupants went into the hall to discover smoke and vacated the property before contacting the fire service. The first floor flat is part of a block of four properties.

Operations control mobilised two appliances from Central fire station and one from North Anderson Drive to the scene. Firefighters in breathing apparatus established the location of the fire using a thermal imaging camera. It was under the floor boards in the hall of the property and they used small tools to cut away and extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet.

Station Manager Andy Buchan said: “This incident highlights the importance of having working smoke detection fitted in your home. Smoke alarms save lives and give you early warning about the presence of a fire in your home as well as extra time to get out of the property.

“This fire was burning for some time under the floor boards and had it not been for the smoke alarm we could have been dealing with a much more serious incident.”

He added: “As part of our commitment to building a safer Scotland we offer everyone a free Home Fire Safety Visit. We can also fit smoke alarms free of charge if your home requires them. During the visit we will also discuss fire escape plans, should you be unfortunate enough to experience a fire in your own home.

“It’s very easy to arrange a free visit  and you can get in touch in the following ways: call 0800 0731 999 or text "FIRE" to 80800 from your mobile phone.”