Miraculous escape for man after his house went on fire

A man had a miraculous escape when his house went on fire in Strathblane recently and he only suffered slight burns to his hands.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a detached two storey house on Kirkhouse Road just before 3pm on January 22.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and he didn’t need to be taken to hospital.

Appliances were sent from Milngavie, Clydebank and Stirling and when they arrived they found the fire had already broken through the roof of the house.

Group manager Des Oakes said: “The fire was well developed within the ground floor and the upper level and had already broken through the roof when crews arrived.

“Firefighters worked hard using main jets to extinguish the fire.

“Crews made use of thermal imaging equipment to carry out damping down operations, which continued throughout the night.

“Unfortunately the house was completely destroyed in the fire and initial investigations suggest this may have been caused by a portable gas heater.”

He added: “Portable heaters should never be left unattended for long periods of time and should avoid being moved during use.

“Additionally, smoke alarms are absolutely vital and will give time for occupants to escape safely or for help to arrive.

“Firefighters provide free home fire safety visits in communities across Scotland.

“If you or someone you know could benefit from expert fire safety advice then please get in touch with your local fire station or visit our website at www.firescotland.gov.uk”