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"The fire was discovered in the early morning by a man letting his dog out"
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Tuesday, 18 April, 2000, 18:21 GMT 19:21 UK
Flat fire claims second life
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire
A man who was critically injured in a fire which claimed the life of his four-year-old son, has died in hospital.

Edward Curran, 30, was in intensive care at Glasgow's Western Infirmary after the fire in Clydebank.

The boy's mother, Margaret Mcguire, and her six-year-old daughter, Charlene, are being in the Western Infirmary where they are both said to be stable.

I'm convinced a smoke detector would have made a difference

Senior divisional fire officer David Dalyell
Emergency services were called to the two-storey building at 0650BST, after fire broke out in the top-floor flat.

The alarm had been raised by a passer-by, who banged on the front door to alert the occupants.

Ms McGuire, 31, lowered her Charlene to the passer-by from the first-floor bedroom window.

She was then rescued by fire crews using a ladder.

Brendan Campbell
Brendan Campbell: "Well-liked couple"
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went in through the front door and fought their way through thick smoke until they found Mr Curran and his son, also Edward, in a first-floor living room.

They were taken out of the building and attempts were made to resuscitate them in the front garden.

The fire was brought under control just before 0830BST.

Strathclyde Fire Brigade senior divisional officer, David Dalyell, said the blaze appeared to have started in a first-floor bedroom and was "well developed" before the family were alerted.

The officers had had "no visibility" inside the house and had reached the man and boy through touch alone.

SDO David Dalyell
SDO David Dalyell: "Officers used touch alone"
Firefighters said a smoke detector recovered from the scene did not appear to have been fitted with a battery.

Mr Dalyell added: "I'm convinced a smoke detector would have made a difference.

"The fire was well developed before the passer-by noticed it.

"Regrettably, Strathclyde has an unenviable record in house fires. Despite the many campaigns, people still won't fit smoke detectors or put batteries in smoke detectors and that can have tragic consequences."

Neighbour Brendan Campbell said Mr Curran and Ms McGuire were married and had lived in the property for about 11 years.

He described them as "well-liked and well-known" in the area.

An investigation into the cause is under way but police said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

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