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UK News Scots pensioner pulled from burning flat after fire 'deliberately' started in his home

20:15  02 october  2019
20:15  02 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A Glasgow pensioner has been left traumatised after watching his home of 48 years going up in flames .

Alexander McCartney claims the fire which broke out within his flat on Allison Street last night was started deliberately after months of living in hell.

The 78-year-old was horrified to discover the fire in his hallway at around 10.30pm.

He said: "I got a fright. I walked out of the living room and saw all the flames and smoke. I didn't know what had happened but I noticed my kitchen window had been smashed.

"This isn't the first time my house has been targeted. I've been broken into a few times and last week I had money stolen by a girl who made her way into my house. It's been terrible living here recently and nobody seems to be putting a stop to it."

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Alexander, who struggles to walk because of ill-health, said he rushed out to warn his neighbours about the fire.

He added: "I was banging on doors telling people to get out. The fire was spreading really fast. I went back into my flat and got stuck. Someone ended up having to pull me out of the window.

"When I was outside I was in shock to see my house going up in flames. It's been my family home for 48 years. My children grew up in that house and my wife Nancy died in there. I'm gutted."

Alexander's grandson Jordan Riddell said he's furious about what happened to his grandad.

He added: "We're obviously glad he's safe and uninjured but we're also really angry. It's sickening. The outcome could have been a lot worse. Yeah he's ok but his house has been burned down. He's is some state about the whole situation."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were alerted at 10.24pm on Tuesday, October 1 to reports of a dwelling fire.

“Operations Control mobilised a total of five fire appliances to Alliston Street in Glasgow and crews extinguished the fire which had taken hold within the ground floor flat.

“A number of occupants were thereafter evacuated from the four-storey building which had been affected by heavy smoke.

“A total of 12 casualties were assessed by ambulance crews at the scene and two people were subsequently taken to hospital for treatment for slight smoke inhalation.

“Crews left the scene after making the area safe.”

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