Five dogs killed in scrap merchant blaze


By Neil Pooran

The dogs died when a caravan caught light at the scrap metal dealers

FIVE border terrier dogs died in a fire at a scrap metal dealers early this morning (wed).

A man and a woman, both 37, were also injured in the blaze which broke out in a caravan at a scrap dealers in East Lothian at 12.41am.

The fire service said: “Both suffered cuts and burns as they tried to remove cylinders from the site of the fire.”

The ambulance service said paramedics took the pair to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after recieving a call from the fire service at 1.05am, and they were suffering from smoke inhalation.

The dogs are believed to have been inside the 6m by 3m caravan at the time of the blaze and died from smoke inhalation, the fire service said.


Crews from Haddington and Newcraighall were called to tackle the fire.

The dogs were all Border Terriers (File picture by Chadwest)

A fire service spokesperson said: “A fire investigation team is attending the scene today, and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

“Five border terrier dogs perished in the fire.”

The large caravan was completely destroyed in the blaze, which was on the site of Paxton Metals which is described as a “fully licensed and insured vehicle end-of-life facility.”

Its website says it is “family owned and operated for nearly half a century.”

Four fire engines and two specialist support units attended the scene.

It is currently not known if the occupants of the caravan owned the scrap dealer site.