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Residents rescued from flat fire

Firefighters have rescued three pensioners from a blaze in a tower block in North Lanarkshire.

The emergency services received several calls to attend a fire at Allan Tower in Motherwell at about 0300 BST.

At the height of the blaze, which broke out in a flat on the 17th floor, 10 fire appliances and about 40 firefighters were in attendance.

Two people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and one woman was taken to Wishaw General hospital.

Other residents in the block were advised to remain in their homes, in a room furthest from their front doors.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.

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