Pensioner dies in Edinburgh flat fire

An elderly woman has died following a severe fire at her Edinburgh flat.

Berit Mountain, 79, was taken to hospital after being rescued from the blaze at her home.

She died of her injuries in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were called to her tenement property on Argyle Park Terrace in the Meadows area of the city shortly after 5.30pm on Monday.

They said the fire, on the first floor of the building, was severe and had caused "very high temperatures".

Ms Mountain was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and transferred to the burns unit at St John's Hospital in Livingston, where she later died.

Three other people, two men and a woman, were also treated in hospital, but were not seriously injured.

The pensioner’s death is the latest following a series of fires in central Scotland.

A 45-year-old man died in Dumbarton on Monday following a fire in a ground floor flat. Neighbours tried to save the man but couldn’t get into the flat due to the severe heat.

There have also been fire deaths in Coatbridge, Johnstone and Thornliebank since Christmas.

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