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Nine treated in hospital after Edinburgh flat fire

Tarvit Street Pic: Lisa Summers
Image caption The fire broke out in a ground floor flat in Tarvit Street in Edinburgh's Tollcross

Nine people have been taken to hospital for treatment following a suspicious fire at flats in Edinburgh.

Emergency services were called to a well-developed blaze in a ground floor tenement flat in Tarvit Street, Tollcross, at about 02:35.

Fifteen people were rescued. Eight were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary suffering from the effects of smoke.

Another man, 35, sustained back injuries after jumping from a first floor window.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said the fire only affected the ground floor flat but heavy smoke had filled the rest of the building.

Smashed windows

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "It is the second fire in two days.

"There was a fight in the stairwell last Friday, then windows were smashed in another flat."

Detectives are currently following a positive line of inquiry but said they wanted to hear from anyone with information.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "This fire had the potential to cause serious injury to the residents within the block of flats and we are now carrying out local enquiries to positively identify those responsible.

"Anyone who was in or around Tarvit Street prior to the fire and saw anything suspicious should contact police immediately."

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