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House in Whitburn 'gutted' by bedroom fire

whitburn house fire Image copyright Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The fire is believed to have started in an upstairs bedroom

The first floor and roof space of a house in West Lothian has been gutted by a fire.

Four fire crews worked to put out the blaze after being called to the scene in Whitburn just after 18:00 on Wednesday.

A woman in the house had been cooking and heard the smoke alarm but did not go to investigate until a neighbour knocked on her front door to alert her.

It is thought the fire started in an upstairs bedroom.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service group manager David Lockhart said: "Firefighters worked hard to limit the damage caused by the fire.

"The first floor of the house is gutted with some damage to the roof space."

He added: "Our fire investigation team were called to investigate the cause of the fire, which we believe started in the rear bedroom.

"Our investigations are still ongoing at this time."

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