William Street victim was firefighter Alan Brown

Alan Brown. Pic: comp

Alan Brown. Pic: comp

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A MAN found dead in a basement area near an Edinburgh pub has been named as a serving firefighter.

Alan Brown, 46, was discovered at around 1.40am on Friday in the basement near Bert’s Bar on William Street.

The body was found on William Street. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

The body was found on William Street. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Emergency services rushed to the scene with firefighters shocked to find that the man they had been called to rescue was one of their own.

Family, friends and colleagues have paid tribute to the “larger than life” father who had served as a firefighter for almost 20 years.

Bert’s Bar remained closed on Friday as police cordoned off areas of the street.

Police are continuing their investigations and have said that they are looking to trace a man and woman who were speaking with Mr Brown an hour before his body was discovered.

John Dickie, Senior Officer for the City of Edinburgh, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We were devastated to learn of the sudden death of our colleague and friend Watch Manager Alan Brown.

“Alan, who was 46 years old, had been off duty and on a night out when he was discovered fatally injured in the early hours of Friday morning.

“Crews from Tollcross and Newcraighall fire stations were mobilised to the incident following reports that a man had fallen into a basement at William Street, Edinburgh. Firefighters used line rescue equipment to recover him and move him to the waiting ambulance but tragically Alan was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Alan joined Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service (as was) in January 1995. He was a well-known and very popular member of staff, a larger-than-life character, with many good friends across the service.

“Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with Alan’s family, friends and his colleagues who will be devastated at his loss.”

Alan’s wife, Sarah Brown, said that her husband would be greatly missed by family.

Mrs Brown said: “Alan was a beloved husband and father. He will be greatly missed. As a family we now need time to come to terms with this tragic event and grieve Alan’s loss.”

Detective Sergeant Neil Spowart said the inquiry into what happened was ongoing.

“We know that the male had been within licensed premises in the area earlier that evening before later being found in the external basement of Bert’s Bar.

“Our inquiries are now trying to establish his movements prior to his death and we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing him on Thursday evening or the early hours of Friday morning.

“In particular, we would like to trace a male and female who are believed to have spoken with the man outside of the pub at around 12.30am.

“These individuals, and anyone else with information relevant to this investigation, are asked to contact police immediately.”