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Five children among eight people rescued from burning building

Fire crews remain at the scene in Coatbridge.

Five children were among those rescued from a burning block of flats by firefighters.

Emergency services were called to Stewart Court in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, at around 1am on Tuesday.

A number of appliances were sent to the scene and safety advice was given to three people over the phone.

Crews rescued three children and an adult, before helping a further two children and two adults from the building.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the blaze had been extinguished but officers remain at the scene.

Police Scotland said a number of people were taken to hospital.

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