West Lothian woman 'saves three people' after blaze on estate

Fire crews raced to the scene
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A West Lothian woman has been praised after she 'saved three people's lives' on Thursday morning.

Firefighters and emergency services raced to an estate in Livingston at around 6am after the 42-year-old raised the alarm when she noticed smoke bellowing out of a house across the road.

Her heroic act triggered a huge emergency response and three people were evacuated from the house safely.

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Speaking to Edinburgh Live, the Livingston local said: "It was bizarre. I first heard an alarm at around 5.50am, but I couldn't tell where it was coming from. It woke me up and I looked out my bedroom window and couldn't see anything.

"It was still going and I went down the stairs and looked at the house across the street from me. The kitchen was full of smoke. My heart just sank. I knew there were three people in there, I had seen them go in that night. It is also part of a terraced house and you know how fast fire can spread.

"It was just my instinct. I rang the fire brigade and rushed outside. I couldn't get to the house, or the one right to next it, but I knocked on the doors of the two other houses on the row to make sure people could get out.

"I just wanted people to be safe, and I didn't want anyone to be hurt.

"I was in complete shock. I knew there were young families in that row of houses and the last thing I wanted was for anyone to be in danger."

She added: "The fire brigade, police and ambulance and two special operations response team were quickly outside. They got the three people out of the house really quickly and we were told there was a lot of smoke damage but that the fire didn't spread. They were there for ages but

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 6.10am on Thursday, June 27, to reports of a house fire on Norman Rise, Livingston. Operations Control mobilised three fire appliances to the scene and extinguished the fire.

"One casualty was handed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service. Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was safe."

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 06.10 on Thursday to attend an incident at Norman Rise, Livingston. Two ambulances and two special operations response teams (SORT) were dispatched to the scene.”

It is understood no medical attention was required by those evacuated from the property.