George IV Bridge Fire: Emergency services at the scene and the roads to remain closed ' for the foreseeable' after major fire in Edinburgh city centre

Edinburgh city centre roads are to remain closed ‘for the foreseeable’ future as emergency services remain on the scene of a major fire in the historic Old Town.

Wednesday, 25th August 2021, 6:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th August 2021, 11:48 am

George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row will stay closed after the fire which spread through the historic buildings on Tuesday morning.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received a call around 6.18 am and well over 100 firefighters were on the scene throughout the day battling the blaze.

It is understood that the alarm was raised by a cleaner in the Elephant House Cafe, and the cafe, along with Patisserie Valerie and Oz Bar all suffered damage.

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Elephant House owner David Taylor, told the BBC the building had suffered smoke and water damage, though the fire had not spread to it.

He told the broadcaster: “I feel absolutely gutted about this.

“At best, we can hope for opening in a few weeks’ time, but if there is structural damage too then it isn’t bearable to think about.”

He added: “It’s really quite disturbing because we had just got back to some semblance of normality after two years, although we were only running at about 50% of our festival trade.”

Tuesday August 24 2021 : A huge fire in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town brought the city centre to a standstill. Dozens of Fire Fighters were in attendance at the popular site on George the IV Bridge.

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Flats above Patisserie Valerie were evacuated and Chambers Street was also closed off, although it will be open again today.

Emergency services will be remaining at the scene.

In a social media post, Police Scotland wrote: “Due to a fire George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row will remain closed for the foreseeable.

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“Please avoid the area meantime.”

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