BRAVE firefighters saved a woman’s life after she was trapped in her smoke-filled Paisley flat.
They also evacuated neighbours in the block as their quick action prevented the smoke and flames spreading.
Police said the rescued woman, thought to be in her late 30s, was taken to Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital for treatment.
The fire drama happened in Dundonald Road, Gallowhill, around 11.15pm on Sunday.
Residents in the street said they only knew something was wrong when firefighters arrived in the street.
One woman said: “I could smell smoke but I didn’t know where it was coming from.
“Then a fire crew helped a woman from a flat. She was choking and officers gave her oxygen to help her recover.
“She was then taken to hospital.
“Firemen had to break into her flat to rescue her. She could have died in there.”
She added: “A number of other people had to leave their homes because of the smoke and the fear of it spreading.
“Luckily, they were all okay.”
The cause of the outbreak is not known but police and fire chiefs have launched an inquiry.
It’s not being treated as suspicious.
Later, a spokeswoman for Renfrewshire Council, who own the flat, said: “There was a fire at one of our furnished flats.
“The duty accommodation assistant evacuated the building as soon as the smoke alarm was activated.
“However, the fire service had to force access to one flat and the tenant was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.
“Later that night, she was moved into one of our standby flats and two residents from above the flat were also moved to standby flats.”