Blaze drama in Mayfield

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Three people were rescued by firefighters after a “ferocious” fire engulfed a common stairwell in Mayfield.

Fifteen firefighters attended the blaze at the three-storey, council-owned, building at Chester Square after receiving the call at 8.57pm on Friday, March 16.

The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.

Two men and a woman were led to safety suffering from smoke inhalation, while another man suffered minor cuts after trying to extinguish the blaze himself.

All four casualties were treated at the scene by ambulance staff, but did not need hospital treatment.

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a high pressure hose reel to extinguish the fire.

Group Commander Jeff Douce, who was at the incident, said: “This was a ferocious fire, which reached as far as the first floor of the stairwell.

“The materials burning were giving off a lot of thick, black smoke, meaning the residents needed to be led to safety by firefighters.

Read full story in the March 22 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.