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Thursday morning fire at Moodiesburn house

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 11:49 GMT on Friday, 19th April, 2013.
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A HOUSE fire in Moodiesburn ensured that firefighters had to force their way into the house near Cumbernauld after reports of a fire from a member of the public.

Operations Control personnel in Johnstone mobilised appliances from Cumbernauld and Stepps community fire stations shortly before 11am on Thursday (April 18th), with crews sent to a terraced property on Kelvin Drive, Moodiesburn.

Luckily no-one was home at the time and four firefighters in full breathing apparatus broke through a door to tackle the flames. After smashing down the door, the firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze using a high pressure main water jet and a smaller hosereel jet, before checking for signs of potential fire spread with the aid of a thermal imaging camera.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said: “The fire began inside a bedroom, which has unfortunately sustained considerable damage.

“The thoughts of our crews are with the occupiers as any house fire, even one where no-one is injured, can be a traumatic experience for residents.

“Although it pales in comparison to incidents where people have been lost or suffered injury, anyone affected by fire knows it can destroy items of great sentimental value and have a long-term impact.”

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While property can be replaced, lives cannot. Firefighters are clear that working smoke alarms make the difference between life and death for those who are present when fire strikes.

The spokesperson added: “We all need to accept that fire can happen to us; it can take our property, our health, or even our lives.

“Flames spread quickly but smoke can kill even faster. If fire does break out in your home, then having the protection of working smoke alarms will give you and your family the time you need to get to safety, or for help to arrive.”

SFRS crews routinely visit members of the public who have invited firefighters to help them make sure their property is safe from fire.

The free Home Fire Safety Visits see crews share their professional knowledge to give residents, many of whom may be vulnerable, a little extra peace of mind.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a visit, call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or visit the website at

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