Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Parked cars stopped fire engine in Edinburgh

Firefighters had to abandon their engine and walk to a blaze in Edinburgh with their equipment because double-parked cars were blocking the road.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue criticised motorists for their "inconsiderate" parking.

A spokesman said it was lucky no-one died in the early morning blaze, which broke out in the ground floor of a tenement at Springvalley Terrace.

An 83-year-old man was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Head of operations John Dickie said: "It is only as a result of the determination of the firefighters to get to the incident and some luck that there was not a fire fatality."

He said the service regularly had problems with double-parking in the street had leafleted residents in the past.

"It is totally unacceptable and we would urge people to stop and think before they take the easy option and leave a car double-parked. It could cost lives," he warned.

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