Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended a house fire at a property in Oldtown Road, Inverness at 12:16am this morning (Thursday, 26 January).
A member of the public raised the alarm with the emergency services after hearing a smoke alarm from outside the building.
Two appliances from the city were swiftly mobilised and upon arrival discovered the ground floor flat well alight.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the burning building and managed to remove an occupant and two dogs.
The casualty was passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service before being transferred to the city’s Raigmore Hospital. One of the dog’s sadly died however the other was coaxed by firefighters from under a bed and moved to a place of safety.
Crews quickly tackled the fire and left the area at 12:39am after ensuring the safety of the public.
Afterwards, Station Manager Ross Nixon, who is based in Inverness, said: “Thanks to the quick actions taken by the member of the public who heard the smoke alarm, the emergency services were able to swiftly respond to this incident.
“This was an extremely challenging situation however the professionalism displayed by firefighters and our emergency service partners at Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland, ensured the situation was quickly brought under control.
“This once again highlights the importance of having a working smoke alarm in the home. Had someone not heard the alarm then this incident would most certainly have had a less positive conclusion.
“One of our roles is to help make your home as safe from fire as it can be. This is why we provide free Home Fire Safety Visits, which can be arranged anytime and will help you find any potential fire hazards.”
A wide range of tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe from fire are available on the SFRS website - www.firescotland.gov.uk
If you or someone you know is vulnerable or may be at risk from fire please get in touch and arrange a FREE home fire safety visit with local firefighters by calling 0800 0731 999 or text ‘FIRE’ to 80800.