Fire: Eyewitnesses report explosion as Edinburgh tenement goes up in flames – HeraldScotland

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Fountainbridge closed due to major building fire after explosion near Tollcross Primary

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READ MORE: Fountainbridge blast: Live updates after explosion and fire at tenement near Tollcross Primary School

Live updates as explosion and fire hits tenement building in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Pictures posted on social media show rubble on the ground beneath a building with multiple reports of an explosion coming from the building, which is metres from Tollcross Primary School.

Calum Brown, from Dalgety Bay, who works opposite the scene, said he felt the glass office shake at the time. He added: “I heard a bang then looked around and there was just dust rising from the ground.

“You could see smoke pouring from the chimney – I got there just before the first fire engine – you could see flames coming out of the window.

“Bricks were missing from the tenement building and had landed on the street. It was lucky that no one was underneath at the time.”

Another bystander, Adrian Mather, said: “It looks like there has been an explosion in a property which has left a huge hole in the stonework and decimated a wheelie bin below. Lots of smoke and police have sealed off the street.”

Neil Sneddon, a commercial banker, was in a meeting on the fourth floor in the Lloyds Banking Group building at the time of the explosion.

He said: “There was a big puff of sandy coloured smoke but, at the same time, a chimney was going and it looked like stuff came out of that. About 30 to 40 seconds after this, thick black smoke came up and to the back of the building.

“We had to go round the other side of our building and as we went round, I could smell the smoke in our building – it was coming in from air conditioners and we could see the smoke going across the city.

“There was also a silver gas emergency response vehicle heading up Gardners Crescent at about 5:30pm.”

There have been several reports of flames coming from the building and smoke could be seen across the neighbourhood.

The incident in the Fountainbridge area, near to Tollcross Primary, was reported shortly before 5pm on Tuesday.

The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) has sent a number of teams, with police also providing support. SGN gas engineers are also in attendance.

Video from the scene shows flames and plumes of black smoke billowing from the second floor of the building into the sky.

Calum Brown, from Dalgety Bay in Fife, works opposite the scene and said he felt the “glass office” shake.

The 23-year-old recruitment worker said: “I heard a bang then looked around and there was just dust rising from the ground.

“You could see smoke pouring from the chimney – I got there just before the first fire engine – you could see flames coming out of the window.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman added: “We were called just before 5pm and have just arrived at the scene.”

Due to the blaze, road closures have been put in place at Lochrin Terrace, Ponton Street, West Tollcross and through to Gardners Crescent.

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