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Man jumps from top floor window to flee blaze

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after jumping from a top floor window to escape a serious fire inside.

Emergency services were called to the four-storey block of flats at St Catherine's Square in Perth at around 11.25pm last night.

The 26-year-old man had jumped from the window by the time they arrived and was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for treatment.

A number of people were evacuated from neighbouring flats while firefighters tackled the blaze.

At the height of the incident six fire engines were at the scene, including a high reach appliance.

Fire crews remained at the scene until 2.15am.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Police Scotland will carry out a joint investigation into the blaze.

SFRS incident commander Billy McLintock said: "I would like to give my thanks to the firefighters and partner agencies for their swift and effective actions which undoubtedly brought this serious fire to a safe conclusion."

He urged people to ensure they have a working smoke alarm fitted in their homes and to contact free phone number 0800 073 1999 of their local fire station for fire safety advice or a home fire safety visit.

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