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Monday, 12 November 2012

Ten people rescued in residential block blaze

Ten people have been led to safety by firefighters following a fire in a four-storey residential building in East Kilbride.
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue sent three appliances to the blaze after receiving a number of emergency calls at around 3.30am on Sunday 4 November.
On arrival, crews discovered a fire on the second floor with people trapped in the properties above. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building, taking hosereel jets with them. They quickly dealt with the fire and then made contact with the occupants of the flats before leading them down to safety.
"This fire had trapped a number of people in their homes on the upper floors,” said group commander Stephen Scott of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue. “However the decisive actions taken by our firefighters when they arrived at the scene meant that the danger was quickly averted, and those trapped inside could be led to safety.”
Two people were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and is thought to be deliberate. Detective inspector John Shaw of East Kilbride CID said:
“This was a terrifying experience for the occupants of the flats, and made even worse by the fact that early investigations have told us that the fire was started deliberately by an unknown person or persons.
"Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident however, if it was not for the swift action of the occupants and the emergency services then we may have been dealing with serious injuries or even fatalities.”