More than forty firefighters have been tackling a fire that broke out in a disused church in Edinburgh this evening (11 February).
Fire Control received multiple calls from the public at 16.49 on Monday afternoon reporting plumes of thick black smoke emanating from the vicinity of Lower London Road. Five fire appliances and supporting specialist vehicles were sent to the scene at the junction with Taylor Place.
They discovered the building well alight with fire through all floors of the building and breaking through the roof. Smoke could be seen for miles around.
Due to the fire engulfing the building firefighting operations were conducted from outside the church with two height platforms used as water towers to douse the flames.
Crews remain on site and are expected to be at the scene for several hours. There were no reported injuries and once firefighting is complete and it is safe to do so, fire investigation will take place.
Until that time we will not be able to determine the cause of the blaze.