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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005, 18:41 GMT
Driver dies in historic inn crash
The inn was destroyed by fire after a car crash in which a motorist died.

A motorist has died after a car crashed into one of the oldest inns in Scotland, sparking a massive blaze.

Fire crews went to the historic Leadburn Inn in Midlothian shortly before 0900 GMT on Saturday.

The blaze quickly took hold and devastated the building, in the village of Leadburn, near Penicuik.

At least 75% of the inn, which dates back to 1777, was destroyed by the blaze. It was closed to the public at the time and no staff were injured.

It is believed the hostelry will now be demolished.

At the height of the fire, eight fire engines and one height appliance were involved in fighting the flames, which took more than three hours to bring under control.

A Lothian and Borders police spokesman said: "The car was travelling along the A701 Moffat road, when it crossed the carriageway and went into the front of the hotel, starting a major fire."

The charred remains of the blue-coloured Vauxhall Cavalier had to be removed with heavy-lifting gear to enable police to identify how many casualties were in the vehicle.

The spokesman later said: "We can now confirm that there was one fatality in the car.

"Due to the extent and ferocity of the fire it will be a while before we could identify who was in the car and also the causes of the incident."




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