Fountainbridge fire response

Depute Leader Councillor Cammy Day, Senior Councillor Ellie Bird and Chief Executive Andrew Kerr thank the emergency services and Council colleagues for their response.

"Tuesday evening’s fatal fire at Fountainbridge sent shockwaves through the local community and right across Edinburgh. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with the family of the person who tragically lost their life.

"Visiting the site the day yesterday, it hit home to us just how devastating the explosion and fire were and the scale of the response required, from the firefighters tackling the blaze and police managing the incident to countless Council colleagues, including Property and Facilities Management teams, helping make the area safe and find alternative accommodation for residents who needed it.

"It’s times like this that the Council really shows its mettle, with our teams quickly out the blocks to organise overnight accommodation at the Gorgie Memorial Hall with members of the Salvation Army. Meanwhile our building standards officers are busy assessing the structural integrity of the fire-damaged tenement and surrounding buildings, including Tollcross Primary, Nursery and Community Centre.

"Praise is due, too, to the whole Tollcross school community, who have rallied to deal with the aftermath, working with colleagues in Communications to keep parents and centre users up to speed with the impact on their facilities. With the buildings out of action the work by the various teams in Communities and Families to identify alternative accommodation for pupils and other users if required has been tireless.

"Up-to-the-minute travel information on the resulting road closures and diversions continues to go out thanks to our @edintravel social media team.

"And last but certainly not least, we are hugely grateful to Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership colleagues for their work carrying out vulnerable person checks at a number of properties in the area. 

"None of us ever wants incidents like this to happen, but when they do, it’s heartening to see how well this city responds and pulls together."

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