Edinburgh firefighters respond to 'burnt out' car on Bonfire Night

Fire crews in Edinburgh were called to a ‘burnt out’ car near Ferry Road last night, as one of the incidents on their busiest night of the year.

Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 1:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 1:56 pm
Police attended the incident last night. (Pic: TRIM and Friends of West Pilton)
Police attended the incident last night. (Pic: TRIM and Friends of West Pilton)

The incident occurred on Ferry Road Avenue around 10pm yesterday night where fire crews responded to reports of a burning vehicle.

The vehicle which was on fire was reportedly ‘smashed up.’

The blaze was extinguished by one fire appliance and there were no injuries from the accident.

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“Operations Control mobilised one fire appliance to the city’s Ferry Road Avenue, where firefighters extinguished a fire which had taken hold of a vehicle.

“Crews left the scene after making the area safe.

“There were no casualties.”

In total the east of Scotland saw 60 Bonfires with 247 calls made to Operations Control.

“In addition to attending the numerous deliberate fires and bonfires, our firefighters continued to respond to the full range of emergencies we face day-to-day.

“Our frontline crews and Operations Control personnel and support staff have shown extreme dedication over this period and I would like to pay tribute to their professionalism, skill and hard work which enabled them to help protect communities.

“In addition, I must thank our partners and indeed communities across Scotland for their assistance and support.”

As well as attending an overall estimated total of 665 incidents over the course of the night, firefighters were also attacked a reported six times during the Bonfire Night time period.

He added: "Any number of attacks on emergency service responders is completely unacceptable.

“This type of behaviour not only prevents our crews from bringing any emergency to a safe and swift conclusion but it can impact on our emergency service colleagues including the police when they have to escort us at the scene.”

A police spokesperson said: "Around 10.10pm on Tuesday 5 November 2019, police were called to a report of a car on fire in Ferry Road Avenue, Edinburgh.

“The fire is being treated as wilful and police enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Drylaw Police Station through 101 quoting reference number 4801 of 5th November."