Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Woman and baby rescued from fire in Edinburgh

A 28-year-old woman and her three-month-old baby girl have been taken to hospital after a deliberate fire in the Granton area of Edinburgh.

Emergency services were called out shortly before 11:30 to a report of a building alight in Royston Mains Gardens.

The back door and rubbish to the rear of the property were on fire and the common stair was filled with smoke.

Firefighters put out the blaze and led the woman and baby to safety.

They were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh to be treated for smoke inhalation.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: "Initial investigations suggest that rubbish which had been stored at the back door was deliberately set alight. This led to the door catching fire and the common stair filling with smoke.

"We can't stress enough the importance of keeping common areas free from junk and rubbish. It's an attractive target for firesetters and can put people at risk of deliberate set fires."

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