Two in hospital after candles start house fire

TWO people were taken to hospital after unattended candles caused a fire in Edin-burgh yesterday morning.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at Cakemuir Gardens, in the Niddrie area of Edinburgh, at about 1.30am.

An 18-year-old man and a woman, 20, were given oxygen before being taken by ambulance to the city’s Royal Infirmary.

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Both were said to be suffering from smoke inhalation.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started when candles were left unattended in a bedroom. She added that firefighters wore breathing apparatus to extinguish the blaze.

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Meanwhile, at 2.20am, fire crews were called to Saughton Mains Place, also Edinburgh, where a fire had started after a pan of food was left unattended.

A woman from the flat and her male neighbour were being treated at the scene by ambulance staff when fire crews arrived.

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They were both taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for precautionary checks.

A fire service spokeswoman said there had been smoke and fire damage to the kitchen.