9am Briefing: OAP in hospital after sheltered housing blaze

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AN elderly resident of a city sheltered housing complex was taken to hospital last night after a fire in her flat on the Royal Mile.

Alarms at the Hyndford's Close complex alerted Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade to the blaze just before 8pm and four engines and a height appliance, as well as police and ambulance crew, were quickly on the scene.

The 76-year-old woman was taken to the Royal Infirmary by ambulance to be treated for smoke inhalation.

&#149 A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in a flat on Greendykes Road just after midnight.

The 58-year-old, who was suffering from smoke inhalation, was taken to the Royal Infirmary by ambulance for a precautionary check.

The fire started in a pan of food in the kitchen of the first floor flat and was extinguished prior to the arrival of fire crews.

&#149 EDINBURGH pub tycoon Kenny Waugh is to join the board of Glasgow nightclub owner Stefan King's G1 group after selling him four of his Capital outlets in a 30 million deal.

The two men have formed EH1, to operate within the G1 group, running the Three Sisters in Cowgate, Biddy Mulligans in Grassmarket, Bank Hotel on the Royal Mile and the Murrayfield Hotel close to the national rugby stadium.

Mr Waugh, the son of the former Hibs chairman of the same name, will chair EH1.

There are plans to invest 1 million in EH1 next year.

&#149 HEARTS owner Vladimir Romanov is supporting a bid to set up a lifeboat station at Loch Ness, it was reported today.

RNLI bosses hope to build a new, larger base close to the present one on the shore at Drumnadrochit in Inverness-shire.

Crewman Martin Douglas reportedly revealed that Romanov had pledged to help raise cash for the move this month after a swim at the loch in memory of seamen who died on Russian sub K-19 in 1961.