Flat fire in Aberdeen

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Crews respond to a fire in Aberdeen's Albyn Grove.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to a fire at a flat in Aberdeen at 10:01am on Saturday, 18 March.

A total of four fire appliances from Aberdeen Central, North Anderson Drive and Altens Community Fire Stations were immediately mobilised to the tenement in Albyn Grove.

They were assisted by an Incident Support Vehicle from Dyce.

Upon arrival crews found a well developed fire at a ground floor property, which was unoccupied at the time.

Firefighters dressed in protective breathing apparatus entered the burning building and led three people to safety. They used powerful water jets to extinguish the blaze.

No casualties were reported and a joint investigation will now be carried out with Police Scotland into its cause.

After ensuring the area was made safe, firefighters spoke with residents and offered to fit smoke detectors within properties which had none.

Afterwards Station Manager Gordon Riddel, who was the Incident Commander and is based at Central Fire Station, said: "Preventing fires from happening in the first place is of paramount importance. Smoke detectors can save lives and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would encourage everybody to ensure they have working smoke detectors in their homes.

"In addition, we offer FREE Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSVs) which are designed to help residents recognise risks within their living space. We share advice with occupants on what to do in the event of a fire as well as checking existing or installing new smoke detectors.

"I would urge anyone who wishes to receive a HFSV to contact their nearest station or visit the SFRS website."