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Fire breaks out at iconic Jenners building in Edinburgh

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Firefighters have attended a blaze at the former Jenners department store building in Edinburgh. Emergency crews were alerted to the incident shortly before 11.30am on Monday.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 11.29am on Monday, January 23 to reports of a commercial building fire at Rose Street, Edinburgh.

“Operations Control has mobilised a total of 22 appliances and other specialist resources to the scene, where crews remain in attendance.”

No casualties have been reported, but multiple buildings were evacuated, including adjacent shops and hotels.

The complexity of the blaze left some fire crew members injured. Interim Chief Officer for SFRS, Ross Haggart, said: “The fire at the Jenners building in Edinburgh is a very serious and complex incident, and regrettably, I can confirm that five of our colleagues were taken to hospital for treatment. Four have now been discharged, however one remains in a critical condition.”

In response to the incident, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, Matt Wrack, said: “This is an extremely serious incident. Our thoughts are with this seriously injured firefighter, their family, friends, and colleagues.

“We are immediately putting in place the necessary support and will begin the process of investigating what has happened.

“The Fire Brigades Union will provide whatever assistance is required in the days ahead.”

Edinburgh Bus Station also closed, according to Scottish Citylink, who said it could potentially impact those making longer-haul journeys across Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.

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