Blaze breaks out at Cowgate nightclub

Fire crews have responded to an incident in the Cowgate area of the capital after a plume of smoke was spotted over the city.

Monday, 8th January 2018, 5:20 pm
Updated Monday, 8th January 2018, 5:28 pm
The scene of the Cowgate. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Up to 20 firefighters and 7 fire engines are attending the blaze in the building above the OX184 bar in the Old Town.

Witnesses reported seeing firefighters entering the three-storey building wearing breathing apparatus.

The road has been closed and diversions have been put in place while crews tackle the blaze.

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A spokesman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 2.50pm on Monday, 8 January to reports of a fire in Edinburgh.

“Operations Control immediately mobilised four fire appliance to the fire involving a three storey building in the City’s Cowgate.

“Firefighters are using powerful water jets to tackle the fire.”