Two people have been taken to hospital after five were rescued from a major flat blaze in the heart of Edinburgh.
More than 50 firefighters battled the fire on Fountainbridge after they were called just after 10am on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses reported clouds of smoke billowing out of a first floor flat above the Rapid Rolls food outlet.
Ten firefighters searched the building and rescued five people, four women and a man in their 20s, from the flats with turntable ladders. They were all treated for smoke inhalation on the scene.
A 54-year-old woman who lived in the flat which caught fire was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary along with a 55-year-old woman to be treated for severe smoke inhalation. They had both managed to get out the building and were found outside by crews when they arrived.
A man had also managed to get out the flat and was not injured.
Crews went inside the building to make sure everyone had been rescued and deal with small pockets of fire. Everyone was accounted for and an investigation has been opened into the cause of the blaze.
Resident Karina Mierzejewska, 36, who was alerted to the fire when she heard someone shouting, grabbed her four-year-old daughter and ran downstairs and out of the building.
She told STV News: "I just ran out with my daughter because I heard the shouts and saw the smoke coming out of the flat. I just took my daughter and ran down the stairs. I was probably the last one to come down the stairs. I heard a huge shout, I have never heard someone shouting like that.
"I hope our flat is fine. I'm just a student here, I'm Polish and I have no family here so I hope out flat is OK and we can go back."
Ms Mierzejewska said the woman who lived in the flat where the fire started was a music teacher and managed to get out before the flames took hold.
She said: "She has a lot of instruments in her flat, she lived by the music teaching. If everything is burned I don't know what she will do. I will do everything I can do help her."
Other witnesses said they saw the windows of the tenement break as the fire spread.
Six fire appliances including an aerial ladder were used to tackle the blaze.
Lothian and Borders Police closed roads in the immediate area and motorists were asked to avoid the area.
Rescued: A man was taken out by ladder.
Fire: The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the flames.
Crews: Around 40 firefighters battled the flames.
Emergency services: Fire, ambulance and police were in attendance. © L Anderson
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