‘Suspicious’ fire in in capital’s Muirhouse church

St Paul's Church in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh. Picture: Hemedia

St Paul's Church in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh. Picture: Hemedia

Share this article
0
Have your say

A LARGE fire at a church in Edinburgh is being treated as suspicious by police.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have been tackling a fire at St Paul’s Church on Muirhouse Avenue since 9.30pm on November 30.

At its height, 20 firefighters plus fire appliances using two height appliances were battling the flames. No one was injured.

On arrival firefighters were faced with a well alight two-storey building. The building was formerly used as a church but is now a derelict building.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a line of hose to tackle the fire. Two water towers from the height appliances were used to extinguish the fire.

Crews worked tirelessly throughout the night and brought the blaze under control by just after midnight.

CONNECT WITH THE SCOTSMAN

Subscribe to our daily newsletter (requires registration) and get the latest news, sport and business headlines delivered to your inbox every morning

• You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google +

Group Manager and Incident Commander, John Hanlin, said: “Crews were faced with a well-developed fire on arrival. The initial firefighting efforts were by teams using breathing apparatus and a line of hose which helped prevent further fire spread.

“We used the two height appliances for water towers to tackle the fire externally and managed to bring in under control.

“The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. A joint investigation by police and specialist fire investigators has been arranged and will take place today.”

SFRS crews were supported by Police Scotland, who set up an outer cordon at Pennywell Road and provided traffic control while emergency services tackled the fire.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The fire is being treated as suspicious and anyone with information that can assist police with their enquiry is asked to come forward immediately.”

SCOTSMAN TABLET AND IPHONE APPS

• Download your free 30-day trial for our iPad, Android and Kindle apps

Keep up to date with all aspects of Scottish life with The Scotsman iPhone app, completely free to download and use

Back to the top of the page