Friday, 19 April 2013

House partially destroyed and van burnt out in suspected explosion

A house has been partially destroyed in a suspected explosion in Inverclyde.
The detached house in Inverclyde was severely damaged in the incident in the early hours of Thursday.
Emergency services were alerted to the fire and possible blast in Inverkip at around 12.30am which has destroyed the roof of the house.
A camper van in the drive of the house in the village’s Findhorn Road has also been left completely burnt out.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended and used a raised platform to battle the flames during the incident.
Police Scotland said officers were treating it as a "serious incident", however they could not provide any further information on the cause of it.
A force spokeswoman said that they had not received any reports of injuries while no one in neighbouring properties were evacuated from their homes.
Police and firefighters remain at the scene and officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the explosion.
One neighbour told STV News: "I woke up at around 1.10am and could hear voices. I didn't know what it was and I looked out my window and saw the blue lights and smoke everywhere.
"I think firefighters had a hose reel running down the street and there were a lot of them and police. There was a big luxury campervan or mobile home in the driveway, it's been completely destroyed.
"I think it was just a couple that lived at the house, as I never saw any children or anything."
The Scottish Ambulance Service said it received a call regarding the incident at around 12.45am and attended but it did not require to take anyone to hospital for treatment.
The video with this report shows viewer's video from the incident. It does not contain any sound.

Dramatic images of the house in Inverkip on fire © SWNS
Clear-up operation of house in Inverkip

Six fire engines tackle fire in row of terraced houses in Denny

Fire: Six appliances were called out to contain the blaze.© STV
A man has been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a row of terraced houses.
Six fire engines were called to the scene in Stoneywood, Denny, after the blaze spread to neighbouring properties.
The fire initially broke out in a first-floor cupboard at around 3pm on Thursday before spreading into the roof space.
A specialist high-reach platform from Dunfermline was dispatched to help contain the fire as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus put out the flames.
One man was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene, but was not in a life-threatening condition.
A fire service spokesman said the cause of the blaze was being investigated.

Keep combustible materials away from ignition sources in cupboards.


Firefighters treating blaze at common close of flats as suspicious

Fire: A block of flats at Court Street was evacuated.
A block of flats had to be evacuated after a "suspicious" blaze broke out in Dundee.
Residents had to be evacuated while crews battled the blaze which started at around 9.30pm on Thursday.
Four appliances from the city's Kingsway, McAlpine Road and Blackness Road tackled the fire at Court Street. It was brought under control shortly after 10pm.
Police Scotland said the blaze was being treated as suspicious and an investigation was under way.
A spokeswoman said: "The fire broke out in the cellar of the common close. It is understood that general waste and cardboard were set alight.
"No-one was injured as a result of the fire and officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the area at the time.
"Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Police Scotland, Tayside Division on 101, or any police officer. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Remember the common stair and close should be kept free of combustible materials at all times.


Friday, 15 March 2013

Two houses destroyed as fire tears through Paisley construction site

Blaze: Firefighters battle flames in early hours.
A fire has ripped through a building site, destroying two houses which were under construction.
The blaze broke out at the site in the Neilston Road area of Paisley on Friday afternoon.
Two fire appliances from Paisley Community Fire Station were dispatched to the scene and were confronted by a “well-developed fire within two timber-framed houses”.
An additional two engines were needed to bring the fire under control and a specialist height vehicle was also deployed.
Strathclyde Police cordoned off a section of the adjacent Rowan Street to allow fire crews access to the scene.
There were no injuries reported and firefighters remain at the scene.
From STV. 
Here is a link to our Construction Site Course and article:

Friday, 8 March 2013

Brave four-year-old saves mum, dad and sister from night time fire in home

QUICK thinking Conor Walker was first downstairs in the morning and saw smoke spewing out from under the kitchen door, so he rushed to tell his parents the house was on fire, and they were able to escape in time with him and baby Lucy.
Conor shows off the teddy he was given by the fire brigade
Conor shows off the teddy he was given by the fire brigade
A BOY of four saved the lives of his mum, dad and baby sister after their house caught fire as they slept.
Little Conor Walker was first downstairs in the morning and saw smoke spewing out from under the kitchen door.
He acted quickly, going straight to tell dad David and mum Jan that the house was on fire, and they were able to get outside in time with him and baby Lucy.
David, 39, said: “If it hadn’t been for Conor, we would have been carried out in body bags.
“I can’t praise him enough. I would put him forward for a bravery award if I could.
“The fire officer said he did a really good job and gave him a teddy, which lit up his wee face.”

The fire broke out at about 7.15am at the family home in Lockerbie, Dumfriess-shire.
David told our sister paper the Dumfries & Galloway Standard: “Conor came into our room absolutely trembling and crying and shouted that the house was on fire.
“He’d gone down before us and saw smoke coming under the kitchen door. It was black from the living room side.
“I shot out of bed, got everybody outside and dialed 999.”
David said the smoke alarm in the house was tested days before, but it didn’t sound until five minutes after they fled the house on Wednesday.
He added: “We were outside waiting on the fire brigade when it finally went off.”
The family are staying with Jan’s mum because their house is smoke-damaged, and have criticised housing chiefs for not making them a priority for temporary accommodation.
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard


A COUPLE and their two children were rescued from the flat in Leith just after midnight after a pan of food went on fire.
Edinburgh family rescued following kitchen blaze
Firefighters led the family to safety
Firefighters led the family to safety
FIREFIGHTERS led a family to safety after a blaze in a kitchen.
Crews were called to a fifth floor flat at Cables Wynd House in the Leith area of Edinburgh at 12.15am where a pan of food was alight.
A man, 29, a woman, 24, and two children, a girl, 7, and boy, 3, were led to safety by firefighters, the fire service said.
They were treated for suspected smoke inhalation at the scene by the fire service and ambulance crews but did not travel to hospital.
A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: "A pan of food was alight within a fifth floor flat and was extinguished by removal and the property was vented.
From Daily Record.

Monday, 25 February 2013

The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 makes it a requirement to have a Fire Risk Assessment carried out in Places of Public Entertainment & Assembly. Failure to do so can mean fines of up to £20,000 and six months imprisonment.

24 homeless as fire destroys The George Bar and flats in Paisley

Scene of blaze at George bar in Paisley Firefighters were called to the blaze in Paisley in the early hours of Sunday

An investigation has been launched into a major blaze that destroyed a pub and flats in Paisley on Sunday, leaving 24 people homeless.

Firefighters were called to The George bar in Causeyside Street at about 03:30, after an "extensive" fire broke out in the building, including flats.

At the height of the fire, seven appliances from Paisley, Renfrew and Polmadie were in attendance.

There were no reports of injuries in the incident.

But the flats above are said to have been seriously damaged.

Scene of blaze at George bar in Paisley Emergency crews were at the scene of the fire well into Sunday

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service teams wearing breathing apparatus fought the blaze inside the building, while crews tackled the fire from the outside using large main water jets.

Area Commander George McGrandles praised the firefighters, saying their actions prevented the fire from spreading and damaging adjoining properties.

Residents have been evacuated and Renfrewshire Council said the majority have been found temporary accommodation, with two families making their own arrangements.

On its website, the local authority said: "A fire has seriously damaged flats above The George public house on the corner of Causeyside Street and George Street leaving 24 people homeless and leading to road closures in the area.

"Building standards officers from the council and surveyors from the owner's insurance company will be assessing the damage and will decide if the building needs to be demolished."

Mark Macmillan, leader of the council, said: "We are all thankful that everyone is safe and well following this major blaze.

"The council has an important role in incidents like this, from providing accommodation for people who have lost their homes to organising road closures and ensuring damaged buildings are made safe.

"Council employees have been working through the night, alongside their colleagues from the 'blue light' services, to ensure that everyone affected by the fire has somewhere to stay and that life in Paisley town centre can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

"Housing officers will offer support, advice and assistance to those who have lost their homes, helping with their medium to longer term housing needs.

"Building standards will keep working to ensure the area is safe for the public, our town centre team will liaise with local businesses affected by the blaze and our roads service will do all it can to minimise disruption to traffic."

The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 makes it a requirement to have a Fire Risk Assessment carried out in Places of  Public Entertainment & Assembly. Failure to do so can mean fnes of up to £20,000 and six months imprisonment.