Eight escape Tayside house fires
Firefighters in Tayside were called out to three house fires in the space of just four hours in the early hours of Thursday morning.
A family of five were forced to flee from their home in one of the blazes in Carnoustie in Angus. The other two fires were in Dundee.
All the properties were badly damaged, but no-one was injured in the fires.
Tayside Fire said the occupants of the homes had been alerted by their smoke alarms going off.
Crews were called to the first fire at a house in Balmoral Gardens, Douglas and Angus, Dundee, at 02:00. Two people escaped the blaze, which started in a first floor bedroom.
The second fire at about 04:40 was at a house in Brown Street, Carnoustie. The fire service said two adults and three children had been in the building when the blaze started in the kitchen, but had managed to get out safely.
Finally, crews were called to a "well established" fire at a flat in Fleming Gardens, south Dundee at 06:14. Three appliances and a command support unit were sent to the scene.
A Tayside Fire spokeswoman said "fire survival training" had been given to upper floor residents over the phone as they were unable to leave the building because of the smoke and heat.
The male occupant of the burning flat had already left the building.
Two hose reels were used to fight the "severe" blaze.
Station Manager Keith Dyer from Macalpine Road Fire Station said: "In all three fires the occupiers were alerted by working smoke alarms which had actuated.
"This early warning undoubtedly bought these precious extra few seconds which allowed all the residents to escape from their respective properties before conditions became untenable.
"In these three incidents alone a total of eight persons escaped from the affected properties and a further six from adjoining ones."