Published On: Tue, Sep 10th, 2019

Edinburgh news: Huge ‘explosion’ and fire in Fountainbridge – emergency services on scene | UK | News

Emergency services rushed to the scene of the blaze at a blaze close to Tollcross Primary near Semple Street just before 5pm, and the road has now been closed off. Shocking images show plumes of smoke coming out of the building which is next to a primary school. Police and fire crews are now at the scene.

One eyewitness said: “Big explosion and fire in Fountainbridge.”

Another eyewitness said a flat “exploded” and that it “looks like a gas explosion”.

They wrote on Twitter: “Flat just exploded near Tollcross Primary in Edinburgh.

“Loads of fire engines and ambulance are here already. Looks like gas explosion.”

Another added on the social media platform: “Roads closed and loads of fire engines at Tollcross. What’s going on?”

A separate eyewitness posted a video of the building on fire.

They wrote: “Massive fire near Tollcross Primary – hope no one is hurt.

“Had to take the long route home. So much smoke.”

Kelly-Ann Woodland of STV reported six fire engines, ambulance and police on the scene.

Another eyewitness Allan Petrie wrote: “Fire in Tolcross Edinburgh. Lucky no-one hit with debris.”

Police said there was an “ongoing incident”.

In a tweet Edinburgh Police wrote: “Emergency services are in attendance following a report of an explosion and fire within a building in the Fountainbridge area around 5pm today.

“Road clsorues: Lochrin Terrace, Ponton Street, West Tollcross and through to Gardner’s Cresecent.”

At 6.12pm – nearly 90 minutes after they were called – the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said a “number of appliances” are still at the scene.

The service wrote in a tweet: We are currently attending an incident at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh following reports of an explosion.

“Operations control were first contacted at 4.59pm and a number of appliances are currently at the scene.”

Traffic around the impacted area is “heavy”, with several roads gridlocked.

Edinburgh Travel news tweeted: Heavy traffic due to the closure of Foutainbridge on Lothian Road, Semple Street, Morrison Street, West Approach Road, Morrison Link, West Port and Tollcross.

This is a breaking story. More to follow.

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