House blaze leaves Hallglen family with nothing

Dave Smith and family with supportive friends
Dave Smith and family with supportive friends

A family has thanked a local community for its “overwhelming” support after its home was gutted by a fire.

The blaze forced a mum and her infant son to flee for their lives.

And, despite this being the latest in a run of bad luck, David Smith says he is the luckiest man alive after partner Ashley Courtney (36) and 19-month-old son Dax escaped unhurt.

“My family got out alive so I’ve got that to be thankful for,” said David, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The fire ripped through their Hallglen house in the early hours of Saturday, March 17, destroying the living room, while the rest of the house suffered serious smoke and water damage.

David was spending the night at his dad’s house in Avonbridge as they were working together the next morning and was unaware of the drama unfolding back home.

Ashley (35) told The Falkirk Herald: “I woke up at 4 a.m. I don’t know why, or if it was some kind of sixth sense, but it’s just as well I did. I went downstairs and that was when I saw the smoke.

“I ran straight upstairs and to lift Dax out of his cot and get the dog as well.

“I’m glad I’m still here to tell the tale.”