Photos show scale of ongoing safety work at devastated Fountainbridge flats

New photos show the extent of the ongoing safety work to the tenement block affected by the Fountainbridge explosion.

Tuesday, 1st October 2019, 6:00 pm
Ongoing work at the site of the Fountainbridge explosion.

The pictures come amid uncertainty about the future of the property which could still be fully demolished if it is deemed too dangerous.

They also follow the news that the man who died in the explosion was 69-year-old Gordon Sievewright.Ongoing carcassing, whereby workers install wooden support structures, is likely to last at least another week with a road closure in place until October 9.

Daltons Demolition is in charge of the project, which pictures show is mostly focused on the top two floors of the tenement, including the ceiling of the first floor flat.

Ongoing work at the site of the Fountainbridge explosion.

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None of the businesses in the area, apart from the Maki and Ramen Japanese restaurant on the corner of Fountainbridge and Ponton Street, have been allowed to re-enter their premises.

All businesses are still shut and will remain so until work to establish the safety of the property is completed.

It is also understood that residents who live in the cordoned off property have been placed in temporary accommodation by the council.

“We’re also working closely with partners to offer displaced residents and businesses all the support, guidance and assistance they need.”