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Five people rescued from flat fire in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Media captionThe emergency services were called to a large fire in Fountainbridge

Five people have been rescued from a large tenement fire in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh.

Lothian Borders Fire and Rescue Service said the building was "well alight".

The alarm was raised at 10:12 after the blaze broke out in a first-floor flat. About 40 firefighters are at the scene, along with at least six ambulances.

Police have closed off one side of Earl Grey Street to traffic and the blaze is causing significant disruption in the area.

Two women have been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary suffering from severe smoke inhalation after escaping from the burning building.

One woman, in her 50s, in the first-floor flat also managed to escape.

Five other people were rescued by firefighters using a turntable ladder and one man made his own way out of the rear of the property. Another woman escaped with her four-year-old daughter.

Firefighters are due to be on the scene until at least 17:00.

Image caption Karina Mierzejewska, who lives in the tenement, managed to run out with her four-year-old daughter

Karina Mierzejewska, 36, a student nurse who lives in the tenement, said: "I was cleaning my apartment when I heard a shout for help, so I opened my door and looked and there was dark smoke coming from my neighbour's flat.

"I grabbed my four-year-old daughter and we ran out of the flat.

"We were the last people to be able to run out of the building.

"When we were out, I saw a huge fire coming out of the flat through the window.

"I saw firefighters at the windows on ladders rescuing my neighbours.

"I am shaking because I am happy my daughter is fine but very sorry for my neighbour as she had lots of instruments in her flat, being a music teacher."

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