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A family have had a lucky escape after their home was destroyed by fire. Emergency services were called to Elcho Street in Peebles just after 3 o'clock this morning.
A couple and their 3 year old daughter managed to escape the property unhurt, but the fire and rescue service say it could have been much worse - particulary as there were no working smoke alarms inside. Jenny Longden has sent this report
The fire Brigade say a family of three has a lucky escape after a fire in their home. They believe it was caused by a candle that was left burning.
Firefighters from Peebles in the Scottish Borders were called to a ground floor flat in Elcho Street in Peebles at 3.11am on Monday (22nd October).
On arrival, crews found the property well alight. The three occupants, a man aged 42, a woman aged 41 and a three-year-old girl managed to get out of the building before firefighters arrived and were all treated for smoke inhalation. They were taken to Border General Hospital.
A spokeswoman said:
The fire extensively damaged the flat and the smoke affected surrounding properties. Five residents from neighbouring properties had to be evacuated.
If you live in the Lothian and Borders area you arrange a free home safety visit and fitting of smoke detectors as required by calling 0800 169 0320.