Mayfield woman dies in cafe fireball

Costa coffee shop on South Bridge, Edinburgh
Costa coffee shop on South Bridge, Edinburgh

A Midlothian mum who caught fire while having a cigarette in a cafe toilet in Edinburgh died in hospital recently.

Kirsty Lennon, from Mayfield, is believed to have been using an aerosol in Costa Coffee while smoking.

The woman emerged from the Costa toilet on fire. Picture: Jane Barlow

The woman emerged from the Costa toilet on fire. Picture: Jane Barlow

Stunned onlookers told how the 33-year-old ran screaming from the bathroom at the South Bridge cafe “like a human fireball”.

She suffered 30 per cent burns in the drama on Tuesday, February 3 and was taken to St John’s Hospital in Livingston for treatment, but died from her injuries three days later.

A Police Scotland spokesman said emergency services had been called to the cafe after a woman sustained “serious burns”, adding: “She was taken to St John’s for treatment, however she sadly died on Friday. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

A Costa spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with her and her family at this time.”