Woman escapes suspicious flat fire by jumping out of first-floor window

posted 4 Aug 2012, 03:02 by Alistar Frater
A dog has died and a woman taken to hospital after a suspicious fire in the stairwell of a building in Edinburgh.

Fire crews were called to Captain’s Drive just after 9pm on Thursday after flames broke out on the top landing.

A woman in her 20s jumped out a first floor flat to escape the flames.

She was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and an abrasion on her head.

One of the flats was home to three dogs. One died in the fire and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier had to be treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

A man in his 40s was also treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses and said they were treating the fire as suspicious.

Detective Sergeant John Graham said: "The fire broke out on the top floor landing and spread to threaten properties in the stair.

"Some of the occupants were forced to jump from a first floor window to safety, while another resident was rescued via ladder by the fire service.

"At this time we are appealing for any information that can assist our inquiries, in particular anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in or around the building prior to the fire breaking out.

"Anyone else with any other information that can assist our inquiries should also get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0131 311 3131 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source: STV News