By Christine Lavelle
A MAN escaped a fire in his bedroom today (Mon) but suffered minor burns to his hands.
The 28-year-old got himself out of the two storey house at East Barnton Gardens, near Muirhouse in Edinburgh before firefighters arrive.
A fire crew was rushed to the scene shortly before 4am to tackle the bedroom blaze, which was said to have caused severe damage.
However, a spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue said the damage could have been much worse if the bedroom door had not been closed.
She said: “The bedroom was severely damaged during the course of the fire, but it would have been much more extensive if the door of the room had been open.
“There was a smoke detector in the house downstairs, but it was not activated.
“People should be aware that they should place a detector both upstairs and downstairs in two storey houses.”
The fire crew used a thermal imaging camera, as well as four breathing apparatuses and two high pressure hoses to fight off the blaze.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and the man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to be checked over,.
His injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, were thought to be minor.