Eight people rescued following Murrayburn fire

Eight people rescued following Murrayburn fire

Firefighters rescued eight people from a block of flats after a fire broke out in the stairwell.

They were led to safety by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews after the blaze caught hold at Murrayburn Gardens, Edinburgh.

Firefighters gave oxygen to six of the casualties who were suffering smoke inhalation, before the arrival of ambulance personnel.

After being assessed by medical crew, five of the casualties were taken to The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for further assessment.

A total of three fire engines had arrived at the scene in response to 999 call at 3.35pm on Sunday 31 July.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two high pressure hose reels to put out the fire which had taken hold of a couch in the communal stairwell of the three-storey building.

Crews ventilated the area and made sure it was safe before leaving the scene at 5.09pm.

A joint investigation between Police Scotland and SFRS into the cause of the fire is currently underway.

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