Firefighters tackle Lothian Road blaze

Firefighters are working to tackle a blaze on Lothian Road

Firefighters are working to tackle a blaze on Lothian Road

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Firefighters have extinguished a blaze in a four-storey block of flats on Lothian Road - the second major blaze in the City Centre this afternoon.

The incident, in a building above the Hanging Bat pub, is understood to have started around 4.30pm.

Early reports suggested several people had been trapped in the building by the blaze, which broke out in a common stair.

Six firefighters in breathing apparatus were sent in to reassure them while the fire was tackled.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said around 25 firefighters were on the scene with four appliances and a turntable ladder.

The fire has caused some damage to the building but there were no injuries reported.

The blaze has led to severe traffic delays in the west End of the Capital, with motorists warned to avoid the area if at all possible.

Staff at the Hanging Bat pub said they had closed as a result of the fire.

The fire came as more than 50 firefighters were tackling a blaze at TGI Friday’s on Castle Street which saw local offices evacuated and destroyed the part of the buildings roof.