Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Firefighter hurt during Edinburgh blaze rescue

A firefighter has been slightly injured and two people taken to hospital after a blaze in a flat in Edinburgh.

A cat also died in the fire which broke out in a top-floor property in Portland Street at about 22:00 on Monday.

Two fire crews were called to the incident and six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to search the flat.

A man and a woman were led to safety. A firefighter suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

The man and woman were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital for further checks.

A cat from the flat was also rescued along with two dogs and another cat from neighbouring homes.

The fire service said one of the cats was resuscitated but the other, which lived in the flat where the fire broke out, died.

Officers extinguished the blaze and made the scene safe, with an investigation into the cause due to get under way.

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