COOKING food accounted for 50 per cent of all accidental fires within West Dunbartonshire homes over a three-month period.

A local Scottish Fire and Rescue report for the first quarter of this financial year 2017/18 (April to June) provides details and will be shared to members of the

Community Planning West Dunbartonshire Management Board this Thursday.

The report states: "There have been 38 accidental dwelling fires over the period, with 50 per cent of these attributable to cooking.

"This shows a very small decrease on the same period for 2016/17. "

The report goes on: "It should be noted that the majority of the accidental dwelling fires resulted in minor damage to properties involved due to early detection and intervention.

"During this reporting period we conducted 439 Home Fire Safety Visits and installed over 250 smoke detectors to properties within West Dunbartonshire.

"These visits are crucial in educating householders in fire safety within their own home."

The Lomond and Clydebank areas recorded 10 accidental fires each, while Dumbarton, Lomond and Kilpatrick areas all recorded five each.

Clydebank Waterfront recorded three accidental dwelling fires during the reporting period.