Victim suffers cardiac arrest following fire

A 27-YEAR-OLD man went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital yesterday morning after a fire tore through a house in Dalkeith.

The man had to be carried out by firefighters after suffering severely from smoke inhalation in the blaze, which broke out on South Street at around 8am.

Paramedics managed to resuscitate the man on the way to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and he was conscious and breathing when they arrived. His condition today was described as stable.

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A spokesman for the fire service said the blaze started in the kitchen of the property.

Meanwhile, a takeaway shop was destroyed after a fire in its kitchen in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Around 25 firefighters tackled the blaze at the property in West Main Street, Whitburn, after it broke out at around 4am. Nobody was in the building.

The gas and electric board were also called out in case of explosions.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Firefighters were also called out at 2am on Sunday to a blaze in a ground-floor flat at Broomhouse Loan. Two men were given oxygen at the scene and were checked over, but they did not need hospital treatment.