Residents of Dundee flat flee as fire breaks out

Emergency services at the scene in Ballindean Road, near the junction with Balerno Street, Douglas
Emergency services at the scene in Ballindean Road, near the junction with Balerno Street, Douglas

Residents were forced to flee their homes after a fire broke out in a Dundee block of flats.

Three fire engines and police officers attended the scene on Balerno Street, on the corner of Ballindean Road in Douglas, after a ground-floor flat caught alight on Thursday.

Police cordoned off surrounding streets, including the road between Asda and the junction of Balunie Drive, as firefighters dealt with the incident.

The fire is the second at the block of flats in the last month, with residents telling how there had been an emergency one floor above.

It is not yet known how the fire started.

Nearby residents gathered to watch the incident unfold, which included blackened furniture being removed from the flat and put on the grass outside.

Samantha Downie said her dad had to be helped out by a neighbour after being alerted to the fire.

She said: “My dad stays in the close.

“The neighbour banged on his door and took him out.

“It was scary for me because I came out of my house and saw the smoke coming out of the close and I didn’t know whose house it was.

“There was loads of smoke, you could see it coming out of the window.”

A woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “I was driving past and I saw the road was blocked.

“There were three fire engines and loads of police.

“Firefighters were going in wearing breathing apparatus.

“Paramedics were on the side of the road but they soon left.

“You could see smoke but it wasn’t really thick.”

Another witness said: “I saw the police and the fire engines.

“I didn’t see any smoke until they got in and opened a window.”

The owner of the flat arrived after the blaze had been extinguished but did not wish to make any comment.

A nearby resident said: “I saw the police coming down. It was quite scary.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received a call at 1.59pm.

“We sent three appliances to the scene. The fire service returned at 3.30pm.

“One hose reel jet and six breathing apparatus were used.

“All persons were accounted for.”