Demolition work begins on Fountainbridge tenement destroyed in suspected gas explosion

DEMOLITION crews have begun work to remove damaged parts of the Fountainbridge tenement block decimated by a fatal explosion.

Friday, 13th September 2019, 11:51 am
Work to remove damaged parts of the tenement block started on Thursday.

One person is confirmed to have died as a fire caused by a suspected gas explosion tore through the building on Tuesday.

Crews were initially unable to access the tenement and retrieve the remains due to concerns over its structural integrity.

Police said they may have to rely on ‘forensic process’ to identify the victim, including the use of dental records.

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Work to remove damaged parts of the tenement block started on Thursday.

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But new images captured on Thursday evening show demolition experts using cranes and other specialist tools to pull apart seriously affected parts of the roof structure.

Fountainbridge is to remain closed between Ponton Street and Gardner’s Crescent until the building is confirmed safe, with nearby residents still unable to access their homes.

Crews have been unable to access parts of the building due to fears over its structural integrity.

Police say they are working with council staff to provide alternative accommodation.

Tollcross Primary School, adjacent to the affected block of flats, has been shut off until the end of the week over safety fears, however education chiefs have said an update on the status of the school and accompanying nursery is set to be issued on Friday.

Tollcross Community Centre also remains closed.