Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Two in hospital after fires in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes

Two people are being treated in hospital after two fires in Fife over the bank holiday weekend.

A man was injured after a two-storey building in Westwood Avenue, Kirkcaldy, caught fire at about 01:55. A dog also died in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On Sunday a woman was taken to hospital with burns to her hands following a fire in her kitchen in Cluny Place, Glenrothes, at about 03:50.

Station manager Dave Latto said: "Our advice to anyone who does experience a fire within the home is to get out, stay out and call us out. Close the door behind you and never try to tackle a fire yourself.

"More fires begin in the kitchen than in any other room of the house and traditional chip pans are a particularly high fire risk.

"By never leaving pans unattended while in use and by keeping any flammable materials, such as kitchen towels, away from sources of ignition, we can dramatically reduce the chance of fire starting.

"Chip pan fires very quickly spread flames, toxic smoke and heat so having early warning is vital to preventing serious injury or worse. There is much less chance of someone being seriously hurt or killed by fire if a house is protected by working smoke alarms."

Speaking about the fire in Kirkcaldy, Mr Latto said: "When the crew arrived they were met with a well-developed fire in the ground floor flat.

"Firefighters worked hard to stop further fire spread throughout the other properties.

"Sadly, a dog died in the fire."

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