Shetlanders tried to rescue house fire victim

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Shetland’s police chief inspector thanked members of the public for trying to save the victim of a house fire.

Emergency services went to a two-story house in Burns Lane in Lerwick shortly after midnight on Sunday to find a well-established blaze.

But they were unable to save the victim, whose name has yet to be confirmed by police.

The fire was extinguished by 3am, with crews returning on Sunday to make the building safe.


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Lindsay Tulloch, chief inspector of Shetland, said: “I know that some members of the public tried their best at the scene to save the person involved and I would like to thank you for your brave efforts.

“Enquiries are ongoing in conjunction with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service into the cause.

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“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic incident.”

Inspector Tulloch said that the police were also still trying to confirm the identity of the victim and that no further information would be released before that has been done.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service group manager Matt Mason said: “Fire crews had to deal with restricted access to the house, but units were deployed from the swimming pool car park where they also had access to a water supply.

Mr Mason said that six breathing apparatus were at one time being used. Two main jets and a high pressure lance from a Bixter appliance were used to put out the blaze.

Mason added that a joint police and fire service investigation was underway with specialists trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

It took fire crews from Lerwick, Brae, Sandwick and Bixter three hours to get the fire under control.

 

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