Man treated for severe burns after flat blaze rescue


By Rory Reynolds

A MAN was in hospital last night after suffering severe burns in a fire at a sheltered accommodation complex.

Fire crews raced to the Queen’s Bay Crescent flats in Joppa, Edinburgh, after a fire broke out on Saturday at around 12.15pm.

Fire-fighters rescued the man, believed to be in his 60s, from a first floor flat, before paramedics rushed him to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue said: “We got the call from the community alarm service at Queen’s Bay Crescent, which is sheltered accommodation, in Joppa.

“Crews rescued one male in his 60s from a first floor flat that was well alight.

“The patient was suffering from severe burns and smoke inhalation.

“Two pump vehicles initially attended, and a third pump was also requested.

“A fire investigation unit was also at the scene.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed that they had taken the man to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

Last night no one was available for comment at the Trust Housing Association, which manages the complex.