Neighbours flee as fire wrecks house

The fire-gutted house at North Bughtlin Gate
The fire-gutted house at North Bughtlin Gate
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NEIGHBOURS were forced to flee their homes last night amid a major house fire in East Craigs.

At its height around 45 firefighters battled the blaze, which that started at around 1.10am.

Homes on either side of the property were evacuated in North Bughtlin Gate.

It is understood the occupants of the three-storey terrace house were not at home when the fire started.

Police and fire investigation teams are probing the origins of the fire. It is not yet known whether there are suspicious circumstances.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue said: “On arrival the house was well alight and the houses either side of the fire were evacuated by firefighters.

“It looks like someone lives there but no one was in the house last night.”