Fatal fire in Airdrie


It has sadly been confirmed a man fire fighters removed from a flat did not survive.

A man died following a fire at a flat in Airdrie on Sunday morning 17th January 2016.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to North Biggar Road in response to a 999 call made shortly after 10:40am.  Two appliances were mobilised from Coatbridge Community Fire Station and they reached the scene around five minutes later.

Four fire fighters in breathing apparatus carried out a search and rescue operation, which resulted in the man being found and brought from the property.

He immediately received emergency treatment from fire fighters before being passed to the care of paramedics.  An ambulance took him to Monklands General Hospital but it was sadly confirmed that he did not survive.

SFRS crews extinguished the fire using a high pressure jet and confirmed no-one remained inside the affected flat or neighbouring properties, with cutting away operations conducted to ensure there was no hidden fire spread.

Officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit attended the scene to help establish the circumstances surrounding the incident, which is not thought to be suspicious.

Following the tragedy SFRS has again appealed for everyone to ensure their home and those of people close to them are protected by working smoke alarms.

There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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