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Firefighters put out house blaze in Fort William and protect surrounding homes

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Fast response prevented flames from spreading to neighbouring properties

Fort William Fire - Outside House - Damage Smoke

Firefighters successfully prevented a blaze at a house in Fort William from damaging neighbouring homes.

Teams in breathing apparatus used a high pressure jet to knock down the flames before they could spread beyond the first-floor kitchen.

No-one was hurt in the Thursday evening (23 June) incident in Kennedy Road.

Two crews from Fort William Fire Station were sent to the scene in response to a 999 call made around 6:55pm.

Work is continuing to establish the cause of the fire but it is not thought to be suspicious.

Pat McElhinney is Group Manager for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and was the senior officer in charge of the incident.

He said: “The quick actions of our crews certainly prevented this fire from escalating.

“Had it not been for their effective response the fire would have spread through the property and could have moved into the adjacent homes.”

He added: “Our crews will be visiting neighbouring houses to perform community fire safety visits.

“These allow firefighters to reassure the public and help householders take very simple steps that we know make it much less likely they will experience a fire in their home.”

Anyone who thinks they – or someone they know – could benefit from firefighters’ advice or support should contact SFRS.

Free home fire safety visits are available by calling the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.

Fort William Fire - Firefighters Outside Property

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