Severe fire at Edinburgh flats

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Firefighters on the frontline and in Operations Control worked to protect residents trapped by smoke and flames

Firefighters fought their way through choking smoke to rescue people trapped by a blaze at a block of flats in Edinburgh.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) officers at Operations Control provided survival guidance to people who were unable to leave their homes and directed frontline crews to their whereabouts.

Teams in breathing apparatus brought two people from the building. They were both taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance.

Around 50 firefighters were involved at the height of the incident in Lower Granton Road, with 11 fire engines sent to the scene.

SFRS crews were scrambled shortly before 7:15pm (Wednesday, 5 October) in response to the first of several 999 calls, with first responders reaching the scene around six minutes later.

They were confronted with a severe fire in a ground floor flat, which was spreading to floors above.

While search and rescue teams made their way to those trapped inside properties on the upper levels, other firefighters fought the blaze both from inside the building and from a turntable ladder outside.

As of 11pm four fire engines remain in attendance with firefighters conducting dampening down operations and checking within the structure for any hidden fire spread.

Specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit have also attended and will work to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

No further information is available at this time.

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