TRAGEDY was averted in Cumbernauld Village on Christmas Eve – after a simple but effective safety procedure was followed by residents.
Firefighters rushed to flats in Springfield Road after a blaze broke out in a common close in the early hours.
Residents escaped in good time as they had been alerted to the presence of a potential inferno by smoke detectors they had fitted in their homes.
Firefighters moved in with a hosereel jet then ventilated the close using a large fan.
No-one was injured and damage to the property was described as “slight”.
The incident came as the Scottish Government launched a major campaign to hammer home the importance of having smoke alarms fitted to homes, and regularly tested.
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