One Dead, Two Injured In Fire

A woman has died and two people have been taken to hospital after a fire in a house.

Three crews were sent to the blaze in Inchwood Court, Cumbernauld, at 12.10am this morning.

Six firefighters with breathing apparatus entered the property to search for any residents and recovered the body of a woman.

Another woman and a man received treatment at the scene for burns and smoke inhalation before being taken to Monklands Hospital.

The fire service is now working with police to establish the cause of the blaze.

Assistant chief officer Lewis Ramsay said: "The loss of life through fire in the home is utterly devastating and the thoughts of everyone will be with those involved in this tragedy.

"In the aftermath of a fatal fire it's important to determine what happened and of course we are working closely with our police colleagues to do exactly that.

"Any death through fire must make us all reflect on the risks within the home and think about what we can do to protect ourselves and those around us, especially older people or others who might need help to stay safe.''

Mr Ramsay urged people to make use of free home fire safety visits and to ensure smoke alarms are working.

Meanwhile, a couple were rescued from a flat in Paisley after a fire broke out early this morning.

Around the same time as the blaze in Cumbernauld, a fire broke out in Inchinnan Road.

A man and a woman were rescued from the property and taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in the town for treatment.

Paisley station manager Neil Galloway said: "This was a fire within a two-storey building and our crews reacted quickly to successfully remove the casualties.

"They both appeared to be suffering from slight smoke inhalation and were checked over by paramedics before being taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital for precautionary check-ups.

"Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to check for any hidden fire spread and gained access to adjacent premises to ensure they weren't affected.''

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