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Man pleads guilty to flat fire in Edinburgh

Tarvit Street Pic: Lisa Summers
Image caption The fire was started in a ground floor flat in Tarvit Street in Edinburgh's Tollcross

A man has pled guilty to starting a fire which sparked the rescue of 15 people from a block of flats in Edinburgh last year.

Thomas Ferrier, from Eskview Grove, Dalkeith, admitted setting fire to a ground floor flat in November.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard residents had to be rescued from the flats on Tarvit Street in the Tollcross area.

Sheriff William Holligan deferred sentence on 21-year-old Ferrier until next month for reports.

The fire on the ground floor caused choking black smoke to fill the common stair, preventing any escape.

Nine people, including two pregnant women and the accused, had to be treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

A 35-year-old man was also taken to hospital for a serious spine fracture after jumping from a third floor window.

Fiscal Depute John Kirk said that, fortunately, Tollcross Fire Station was only some 200m away.

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