South Scotland

Elderly woman in hospital after fire

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital following a fire at sheltered housing complex in the Scottish Borders.

The blaze at a flat at Priorwood Court in Melrose was reported to fire crews just before 04;30.

Firefighters used a line of hosereel and six breathing apparatus to tackle the flames.

The fire is understood to have been contained to one flat only.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "One elderly lady was rescued from the flat and given oxygen by the fire service. She has been taken to hospital by ambulance."