12 people evacuated after fire in flat

Firefighters were called to Primrose Street. Picture: Tony Marsh

Firefighters were called to Primrose Street. Picture: Tony Marsh

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A DOZEN people were forced to flee a flat fire started by a chip pan in Leith last night.

Firefighters were called to the blaze in a ground-floor flat on Primrose Street, near Leith Links, about 7pm.

One man suffered from smoke inhalation and had to be given oxygen at the scene.

He was later checked over by ambulance crews.

Four elderly people were also treated as a precautionary measure after being forced to walk down stairs through smoke in the four-storey block of flats.

A total of 12 people evacuated themselves from the building to escape the fire.

No-one had to be taken to hospital.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the occupier had attempted to put out the fire without success.

The spokeswoman said: “Firefighters used one hose reel jet and four breathing apparatus to vent the property.”

It took fire crews about 40 minutes to control the blaze.

The extent of damage to the block of flats, outside of that caused by smoke, was not known this morning.