Tayside and Central Scotland

Overnight escape from Perth flats fire

At least five people have been forced to escape from their homes during a fire in a block of flats in Perth.

Firefighters were called to the incident in Glengarry Road at 00:36.

An adult and child managed to get out of the building through a door. Another adult and child escaped from a window and one woman had to jump from an upstairs window.

The woman sustained minor injuries as she fell and was treated at Perth Royal Infirmary.

Firefighters have said they believed the fire started in a pram left in the common close of the building.

Station Manager Neil Kerr of Tayside Fire and Rescue said: "Recently within Perth and across Tayside we have seen a number of serious fires, often attributable to ignition of items left within unsecured common closes and stairwell areas.

"Thankfully on this occasion all the residents were alerted promptly by activation of smoke alarms.

"Quick and efficient actions and good advice from fire control staff, fire crews and paramedics who attended this incident prevented the consequences from being far more serious."

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