Fire in grounds of Canal View Primary sends black smoke billowing across Edinburgh

A fire in the grounds of an Edinburgh primary school sent black smoke billowing across the city.

Wednesday, 17th July 2019, 10:15 am
The black smoke from the fire could be seen across Edinburgh
The black smoke from the fire could be seen across Edinburgh

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to Canal View Primary in Hailesland Place Wester Hailes at around 9.40pm yesterday (Tuesday) to reports of a fire in an outbuilding within the school grounds.

The blaze is thought to have been in a school shed or greenhouse.

The fire didn't spread and no casualties were reported.

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The black smoke from the fire could be seen across Edinburgh

A spokesperson for SFRS said: "We received a call at around 9.40pm on Tuesday, July 16 reporting a fire in an outbuilding within the grounds of Canal View Primary School.

"We left the scene at around 10.10pm.

"The fire didn't spread and there were no casualties."

Several members of the community took to social media to claim that the fire was started deliberately, although this hasn't been confirmed.

The fire is thought to have been in a shed or greenhouse. PIC: Steffi Finnie

Scottish Conservative & Unionist Councillor for the Pentland Hills Ward and member of the Education, Communities & Families Committee Susan Webber said: ““I was very saddened to hear of this incident.

"The school kids will have spent a good bit of time at the end of term building this as part of their school farm project with Edible Estates.

"The teachers and pupils will rightly be very upset too.”

Black smoke could be sen for miles around. PIC: Niamh Gallagher