An investigation is underway after a large fire in a tenement building in the Fountainbridge area, near to Tollcross Primary School which occurred shortly before 5pm last night.
The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) sent a number of teams – including nine pumps, two height appliances and search dogs, with police also providing support. SGN gas engineers were also in attendance.
Initial reports suggested there had been an explosion and debris was evident on the ground outside.
The area is likely to be closed for some time.
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Alasdair Perry, SFRS incident commander, said: “On arrival, crews were confronted with a well-developed fire and visible structural damage.
“Firefighters were committed to search the building and commence both internal and external firefighting.
“We are working with our colleagues in Police Scotland and a number of other partner agencies to resolve this incident and make the area safe.
“I would like to thank all the firefighters and control staff involved in responding to this emergency and also our partners for their ongoing efforts.
“Due to the concern over the structural integrity of the building it is anticipated that the surrounding streets are likely to remain closed for a period of time.”
Roby Estrella Walsh shared a video with us that was filmed from a neighbouring building.