Published: 26/02/2016 16:00 - Updated: 26/02/2016 08:49

Golspie alert on fire safety after tragic death of pensioner

Bob Forrest - died in fire last weekend.
Bob Forrest - died in fire last weekend.

GOLSPIE residents are being invited to meet with firefighters next week in a special event aimed at making people more aware of fire hazards and safety.

It follows the tragic death of 84-year-old Robert Forrest in the village on Sunday morning.

So far, the cause of the fire at Duke Street remains a mystery and enquiries are ongoing.

Mr Forrest was a well-known and liked member of the Golspie community and a joiner by trade. He was also a keen gardener.

A bachelor, he leaves behind a sister, Ethel, and nieces Frances, Mary and Joyce, who all live in the village. His parents were Robert and Jamesina Forrest.

His funeral will take place at St Andrews Church, Golspie, tomorrow at 11am.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will carry out a Post Domestic Incident Response (PDIR) following the incident to engage with the community and provide them with reassurance and advice around home fire safety.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 5, at Golspie swimming pool between 10am and 2pm. Firefighters who are hosting the event are encouraging as many people as possible to attend.

Crews will also be dropping fire safety leaflets through doors in the area and encouraging people to sign up for free home fire safety visits.

At the event the public will have an opportunity to discuss fire safety with firefighters and community safety advocates and be able to sign up for a free visit.

The Duke Street incident is the fourth involving the deaths of elderly people through fire in the Highlands in the last month, including Bob Oliver who died at his house in Trentham Street, Helmsdale, on January 23.

Now, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s local senior officer for Highland, Scott Hay, is urging members of the public to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends or family who live alone and establish if they would benefit from a free fire safety visit.

Also the public can check that vulnerable people have working smoke alarms.

If you think someone you know would benefit from a free visit it’s easy to arrange on their behalf. The service can also fit smoke alarms free of charge if there are none inside the property. You can get in touch by visiting and fill out an online form or calling 0800 0731 999 or texting “FIRE” to 80800 from your mobile phone.

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