Body recovered after fire at Edinburgh flat
12 August 2015
A joint investigation by SFRS and Police Scotland is underway.
The body of a person was recovered after firefighters responded to a fire at a tenement flat in the Polwarth area of Edinburgh on Tuesday night (11 August).
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Yeaman Place following a 999 call made at 5:15pm. Crews from Tollcross, Sighthill and McDonald Road attended the incident and firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the flat while others were positioned outside the building on a turntable ladder. Several high pressure jets were used to extinguish the fire, which resulted in significant damage to the property. Officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit attended the scene to begin a joint investigation with police. No further information is available regarding the incident. Information to help householders prevent fires and the tragedies they cause is available from the SFRS website and crews throughout Scotland routinely provide free home fire safety visits. The visits are always arranged for a time that is convenient for the resident. They allow local firefighters to highlight common hazards and help people take simple steps to address them. With early warning known to be vital if a fire does happen, the SFRS crews also check smoke alarms are working and even provide and install the devices if they are found to be needed. Free home fire safety visits are available from SFRS by calling the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in an online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.