Nov 15 2012 By Andrea O'Neill
East Kilbride fire
A 77-year-old woman has died following an accidental fire in a block of flats in Glen Moy, St Leonards, at 6.30am this morning.
Firefighters arrived within minutes to find a fire in a ground floor flat within a four storey block and neighbours stating that the occupier was inside.
Eight other residents were led to safety from the building by firefighters. Three people were treated at Hairmyres Hospital for smoke inhalation.
Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances. A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
Station Commander Jim Anderson of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue said: "Four firefighters donned breathing apparatus and entered the burning flat, with two hose reel jets to search for the occupant
and extinguish the fire. The breathing apparatus crews, who were working in thick smoke and extreme heat, very quickly found the body of a person inside, who was sadly confirmed as a fatality.
Eight other residents were led to safety from the building by firefighters with three attending hospital due to slight smoke inhalation".
A joint investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and Strathclyde Police.
This tragedy comes just 11 days after ten people were evacuated from a deliberate blaze in an adjacent block of flats in Glen Moy on November 4.
Police confirmed the incidents are not connected.
Local fire crews will undertake community safety initiatives in East Kilbride to reassure residents and offer free Home Fire Safety Visits and fire safety advice.
Residents are being urged to help protect their communities by arranging free Home Fire Safety Visits, either for their own home or on behalf of someone who may be at increased risk from fire.
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit for you or someone you know, call Strathclyde Fire & Rescue on 0800 0731 999 or text "check" to 61611.