[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Sunday, 5 March 2006, 17:53 GMT
Police tried to save fire victim
Scene of fire - picture by Duncan Kirkhope
Firefighters described the fire in Mr McMillan's home as severe
A man has died in a fire despite a "brave" bid to save him by two passing police officers, firefighters said.

The pair, who spotted smoke while on patrol, tried to reach Martin McMillan in his burning home in Kelvindale, Torrance, at about 0630 GMT on Sunday.

However they were beaten back by the flames. Fire crews carried Mr McMillan, 44, outside but efforts to resuscitate him failed.

The fire was not thought to have been suspicious.

A Strathclyde Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "The house has been severely damaged, however fire crews contained the blaze to the house involved."

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire, however, at this stage the fire does not appear to be suspicious," said a spokesman for Strathclyde Police.

Mr McMillan's relatives have been informed, he added.

  • Elsewhere, a 19-year-old man died in a blaze which broke out early on Sunday.

    Emergency services were called to a house in Peden Drive, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, at about 0500 GMT.

    The body of a young man, who has not yet been named, was found inside the house.

    Strathclyde Police said an investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


    Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific