Extent Of Firefighter's Injuries 'Still Uncertain'

31 August 2016, 15:50 | Updated: 31 August 2016, 15:51

A firefighter seriously injured when a wall collapsed on him as he fought a suspicious blaze remains in intensive care as his family revealed the extent of his injuries is "still uncertain''.

Andrew Adams, 49, known as Andy, was tackling a fire at a disused building in Auchmead Road, Greenock, Inverclyde, on Thursday when an external wall fell on him.

The father-of-two is currently in the intensive care unit at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

His partner, Clare Linning, said the "true extent'' of his injuries is "still uncertain'' but she and the couple's daughter Hannah, 22, and son Darren, 13, have been "overwhelmed'' by support.

She said: "Andy is a wonderful partner and a fantastic father.

"He is not only a committed firefighter but a real community spirit who has enjoyed working with young people through his involvement in the Prince's Trust and a local cycling project.

"As a family, we are pulling together at this very difficult time with the help of each other, our friends and Andy's colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

"We have been overwhelmed with messages of support and we are taking great comfort from them.''

Mr Adams joined the service in 1989 in Greenock and is now watch manager.

Greenock station manager Kevin Hughes, 50, has known him for 23 years.

He said: "Andy is one of the most popular and respected figures within the service. He is not just a colleague but a genuine friend to many of us here.

"We are doing everything we can to support Clare, Hannah and Darren at this difficult time.

"We would also like to thank the community for their support and their kind messages.''

SFRS deputy chief officer Alex Clark said Mr Adams' injury has "deeply resonated'' with the entire service.

He added: "We are working with Police Scotland to determine the cause of the fire, which is currently being treated as suspicious.