South Scotland

Dumfries flat fire rescue man in hospital

A man has been taken to hospital for treatment after being rescued from a burning flat in Dumfries.

Neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution while firefighters tackled the blaze.

Fire crews were called to the scene at St Andrew's Court just off Glasgow Street shortly after 09:00.

A 64-year-old man was rescued from a second floor flat and taken to Dumfries Infirmary suffering from smoke inhalation.

Thirteen other residents were evacuated from properties nearby.

It is understood that the building affected is owned by the Loreburn Housing Association.

The fire is said to have been centred on the living room, although other parts of the flat suffered significant smoke damage.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated but is not thought to be suspicious at this stage.

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