Huge fire breaks out on Arthur's Seat

Pictures show a huge fire which has broken out on Arthur’s Seat on Bonfire Night.
The flames on Arthur's Seat. Picture: Callie MaitlandThe flames on Arthur's Seat. Picture: Callie Maitland
The flames on Arthur's Seat. Picture: Callie Maitland

Eyewitnesses have reported emergency vehicles on the scene.

The fire service confirmed they were attending a blaze but had no further details at present.

Fire crews have faced a busy night across Edinburgh, despite the coronavirus restrictions.

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Emergency services earlier attended an Edinburgh park after receiving reports of youths throwing fireworks.

Police Scotland confirmed that they were called to West Pilton park around 7.20pm on Thursday evening, along with the fire brigade.

A spokesperson said: "Police were made aware of reports of youths throwing fireworks at West Pilton Park at around 7.20pm this evening.

"Both Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called but the scene had been cleared by the time we arrived."

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Community Tenant’s Group TRIM and Friends of West Pilton posted a picture of the incident, saying that the rubbish that had caught fire had been dumped by a van.

Across Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received more than 1100 calls from the public during an eight hour period, dealing with more than 500 bonfires on one of their busiest nights of the year. 

There were also 12 reported attacks on crews, however no injuries have been reported.

Assistant Chief Officer Stuart Stevens, the SFRS Director of Service Delivery, said: “Bonfire Night is traditionally one of our busiest night of the year.

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"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 and resilience.

"I must also thank our partners and indeed communities across Scotland for their continuing support.” 

Libby Logan, the SFRS Area Commander for Operations Control, added: "This was a busy and challenging evening, but I would like to praise our Operations Control staff who have once again worked tirelessly to ensure we respond to those who need us the most.

"Their dedication has allowed us to meet this challenge and continue to protect communities throughout Bonfire Night."

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