Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Six rescued from blaze at Edinburgh flats

A fire in an Edinburgh blocks of flats, which led to three people being taken to hospital, may have been caused by an electric blanket, fire chiefs said.

Six people, including two children, were rescued at Craighouse Park in Morningside after the alarm was raised at 1940 BST on Monday.

The blaze started in the ground floor bedroom of a couple in their 80s.

A man who lived on the top floor jumped to safety and was found injured in the back garden by firefighters.

He was taken to hospital, along with the elderly couple who made their own way out of the property but suffered severe smoke inhalation.

A woman suffering smoke inhalation and a family-of-four were rescued by firefighters using a ladder. Oxygen was given to them all.

'Completely gutted'

Group manager Mike Partington, from Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The fire started in the bedroom of the ground floor flat, occupied by an elderly couple in their 80s.

"Initial investigations suggest that the cause may have been an electric blanket that had been put on earlier in the evening.

"By the time the couple, a man aged 84 and a woman aged 81, realised there was a fire, the bedroom was well alight and the flat was filling up with thick black smoke.

"They managed to make their way through heavy smoke filling the hallway and out to a neighbour. Both suffered severe smoke inhalation."

The bedroom of the flat where the blaze started was "completely gutted" and the rest of the property was heavily smoke and fire damaged.

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