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Edinburgh fire: Woman dead in Dundee Terrace flat blaze

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A woman has died in a "fierce" fire at a tenement flat in Edinburgh.

The blaze was spotted in a ground floor property at a four-storey block in Dundee Terrace shortly after 22:00 BST on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, two women suffered serious burns and a baby girl sustained minor injuries in a separate blaze in Dryden Street, Pilrig, at 22:40 on Wednesday.

One of the women, aged 26, was said to be in a critical condition, while the other, aged 59, was serious but stable.

The five-month-old girl is being treated at Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

It is understood that the fire followed an aerosol explosion. The blaze is not being treated as suspicious.

At the height of the blaze in Dundee Terrace, 30 firefighters and six appliances were involved in tackling the fire and evacuating residents.

Police said the formal identification of the woman who died has yet to take place. No-one else was injured.

Image caption An aerosol explosion was followed by a fire at Dryden Street in Pilrig

Neighbour Colin Whyte, 21, said: "The fire was coming out of the flat window and all the smoke and soot was going up to the other flats.

"Two storeys up from the flat you could see residents starting to get a bit worried and they were screaming 'we can't get out' because the fire was blocking their exit.

"It was just horrific. It was scary stuff."

A Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: "Officers were met with a fierce fire when they arrived.

"The fire has been extinguished but the property has been completely destroyed by the scale of the fire."

Fire crews remained at the scene to assess the safety of the building.

The fire came on the same day as a man died in a blaze which broke out in flats at Powderhall Rigg.

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