Fire crews tackle blaze at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh
25 March 2015
Firefighters were called to a fire in the roof space of Mortonhall crematorium
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called to a report of a fire at the City of Edinburgh Council crematorium at Mortonhall at 6.45pm last night (Tuesday, 24 March).
Crews were faced with a significant fire in the roof space of one of the facility’s buildings and worked hard over a number of hours in challenging conditions to bring it under control.
In total six firefighting appliances and in excess of 35 firefighters attended the incident and SFRS personnel worked through the night to assess fire spread, cut away damaged sections of the roof and render the building as safe as possible.
No staff members or public were in the facility at the time of the fire but the City of Edinburgh Council have been on-scene throughout the incident and continue to assist the fire service with managing the incident.
A Council spokesperson said: "A fire occurred at Mortonhall Crematorium yesterday evening and was brought under control by the Fire and Rescue Service. This happened after the crematorium had closed and there were no staff in the building.
“A full investigation of the area is now underway to assess damage and take measures to ensure that the site is safe. Unfortunately this means all services this week will be postponed. We are in contact with those affected and would like to thank anyone who was expecting to attend a service this week for their patience, as well as the funeral directors involved for their support.”
For more information on the services go to: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20019/burials_and_cremations/321/cremation_in_edinburgh or telephone 0131 664 4314