The fire that engulfed the former Jenners department store in the heart of Edinburgh on Monday (January 23) joins a list of disasters that have marked the city’s history.
From the Great Fire of 1824, which destroyed hundreds of homes and claimed 13 lives around the Old Town, to more recent blazes, such as the inferno that ravaged the Cowgate and South Bridge in 2002, we take a look at some devastating fires that changed the face of Edinburgh forever.
5. Gaumont fire
Fire at the Gaumont Cinema in Canning Street Edinburgh in May 1962. Deemed unsafe, the building was later demolished and replaced by a new office block. Photo: Unknown
6. Lawson Donaldson fire
In early 1978, a huge blaze broke out at Lawson Donaldson Seeds Ltd, situated between Constitution Street and Wellington Place in Leith. The army had to step in to put the fire out because of the ongoing fireman's strike. Photo: Submitted
7. C&A fire
Fireman on turntable ladders battle the blaze at C&A department store on Princes Street, Edinburgh on November 9 1955. The Victorian building was demolished and replaced by a new build. Photo: Unknown
8. Cowgate fire
On the evening of December 8, 2002, an uncontrollable fire ravaged through the Cowgate area of the city, causing severe damage to a number of historic buildings within the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fire is regarded Edinburgh's most destructive of the 21st century so far. Photo: tony marsh