Tayside and Central Scotland

Man, 80, injured in Falkirk flat blaze

A pensioner is in hospital after a fire at his home in Falkirk.

The 80-year-old man suffered burns to his shoulders and smoke inhalation after the blaze at a first-floor flat in the town's Stewart Road.

Firefighters were called to the property just before 09:30 and used breathing apparatus to enter the flat.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was caused by a cooker and although the flat did have a smoke alarm, it did not have batteries.

Falkirk Station manager Andy Bennett said: "We urge every household to have working smoke detectors and test them every week.

"We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke detectors where required."

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