Highlands & Islands

NHS Highland checks vulnerable person home alarm system

Police officer at scene of Hilton fire
Image caption Emergency services were called to Ms Anderson's home last month

The operation of an alarm system used to protect thousands of vulnerable people across the Highlands is being reviewed following a fatal fire.

Barbara Anderson, 51, who had the system in her home in Inverness, was rescued by firefighters but later died.

NHS Highland has ordered checks of the equipment as a precautionary measure.

Installed in more than 3,500 homes, the system alerts a call centre when a buzzer is pressed or a smoke alarm is activated.

Police are leading the investigation into the cause of last month's fire.

Emergency services were called to Ms Anderson's home in Hilton at about 07:46 on 6 August. Three neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.

Ms Anderson had worked for Northern Constabulary, which now forms part of Police Scotland.

She had worked as a courts and warrants assistant from 1979 until 2011 when she took early retirement.

Ch Supt Julian Innes, of Police Scotland, said Ms Anderson had been an "extremely committed, loyal member of staff".

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