Woman dies in Newtongrange house fire

07/03/2012,  TSPL, Scotsman, Evening News, Fatal Fire,  Crawlees cottages, Suttislees Road, Mayfield, Midlothian.  Pic Ian Rutherford

07/03/2012, TSPL, Scotsman, Evening News, Fatal Fire, Crawlees cottages, Suttislees Road, Mayfield, Midlothian. Pic Ian Rutherford

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Calls have been made for more ambulance resources in Dalkeith, after a woman died in a house fire.

Mary Mackie died as a result of smoke inhalation last Tuesday after her two-storey cottage at Suttieslea Road, Newtongrange, went up in flames at around noon.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus to rescue the 65-year-old, who was in a kitchen area of the two-storey cottage. She was treated at the scene by fire service personnel, but died later in hospital.

It has emerged that an ambulance was sent to the incident from Edinburgh – despite the local station in Dalkeith being situated just 100 yards away.

Speaking to the Advertiser this week, a man claiming to be an ambulance service dispatcher of 12 years said the station was regularly unmanned, and that this was putting lives at risk.

Read full story in the February 16 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.