Eight people rescued during Murrayburn fire

Fire and rescue were on the scene. Image; John Devlin

Fire and rescue were on the scene. Image; John Devlin

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Eight people were rescued during a fire in a block of flats in the Capital.

The blaze broke out in a stairwell in Murrayburn Gardens at around 3.35pm on Sunday.

Those rescued were led to safety by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews.

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

After being assessed by paramedics, five casualties were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for further assessment.

Three fire engines were called out to tackle the fire, with crew members wearing breathing apparatus and using two high pressure hose reels to extinguish it.

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.