More than fifty firefighters were involved in tackling a blaze at a tenement flat in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh today (29 January).
Five people were rescued from the building on Fountainbridge after a first floor tenement flat went on fire shortly before 10.15am. A further two women who self-rescued were taken to hospital with severe smoke inhalation and a man also self-rescued but was not treated as a casualty.
The five rescued by firefighters using a height appliance were all treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.
Five appliances were sent to the scene along with a number of specialist appliances after Fire Control received several calls reporting a flat alight.
The first units were on the scene within two minutes of being mobilised from Tollcross fire station, which is just round the corner from where the fire broke out.
When crews arrived, they saw thick black smoke and flames coming from the window of the affected property and discovered two women who were already out of the building but who had been badly affected by smoke inhalation.
Ten firefighters in breathing apparatus were used to fight the fire and check the six properties in the affected stair for other residents. One woman, who was in the flat above the property where the fire broke out, was given fire survival guidance by Control Room staff until crews were able to get to her and rescue her.
As well as tackling the blaze, fire crews were systematically checking properties to ensure that no one else was trapped or overcome by the smoke from the fire. The incident commander was satisfied that all the premises were thoroughly searched and clear just after midday.
Lothian Road was closed for a number of hours to allow for firefighting operations to take place. Crews will remain on site for the rest of the afternoon to clear the debris from the affected properties and begin fire investigation.
No further information is available at this time on those who went to hospital or were rescued.