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Twelve people escape Prestwick house fire

Prestwick fire Image copyright Pete Kneeshaw
Image caption Two residents were rescued by ladder and treated for the effects of smoke inhalation

Two people have been rescued and 10 others led to safety after fire swept through three homes in a detached property in South Ayrshire.

Fire crews were called to the three-storey building in Marina Road, Prestwick, at about 02:00 on Friday.

Two people were rescued by ladder and treated for smoke inhalation. Children were among those inside the building who were led to safety.

A total of 37 firefighters and five appliances were deployed to the blaze.

'Trapped residents'

Watch Commander John Kerr said: "On arriving at the scene I was faced with a well-developed fire which had spread to the roof space of the three-storey detached house which had been sub-divided into three separate homes.

"I immediately tasked firefighters with gaining access to the property to fight the fire internally. At the same time other firefighters were carrying out rescues from the upper floors using ladders, to get the trapped residents to safety."

Mr Kerr said he called in extra crews due to the intensity of the fire and because the roof was starting to collapse.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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