Woman hospitalised after coal fire in living room


A PENSIONER was hospitalised after sacks of coal in her living room were ignited by her fireplace this morning.

An 89-year-old woman in Ormiston, East Lothian, was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after the blaze broke out just after 4am.

Firefighters were called to her two-floor semi-detached house in Cockburn Drive, and the fire was brought under control by 5am.

The woman was alerted to the fire by her smoke alarms going off, the fire service said.

She was given oxygen at the scene before being taken to hospital.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said:

“The coal fire ignited bags of coal which were by the fireplace.

“The occupier was alerted by a smoke alarm.”