Death of firefighter in Edinburgh, one injured

A firefighter from Lothian and Borders fire and rescue service has died and another injured at a fire in a bar in Edinburgh. At least 20 people were rescued from the multi-story tenement block above the bar.

Kenny Ross FBU Scotland regional secretary said: “It is devastating news that we have lost a firefighter in the line of duty and that another is injured. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues who have been stunned by these events.

“Deaths in the line of duty touch everyone who works in the fire service. The death of this firefighter will be felt very deeply by everyone in the service in Scotland and across the UK.

“FBU officials are already looking at all health and safety issues relating to this incident. They will be working with the Health and Safety Executive and local brigade managers.”

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