Clubbers and hotel guests escape from venue after ceiling collapses

Fire: crews respond to fire on Lower Granton Road
Collapse: Fire crews searched the building.©: STV

Hotel guests and nightclub goers escaped from an Edinburgh venue after a ceiling collapsed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Fire crews were called to the Fiddler's Elbow in Picardy Place at 2.30am when a false ceiling collapsed inside the city hotel.

The incident set off fire alarms which alerted hotel guests and clubbers at the GHQ venue in the basement of the building.

There were seven fire crews at the scene including two special urban search and rescue teams who quickly established there was nobody trapped inside.

Ambulance crews were also in attendance including a special operations response team but there were no casualties. Police cordoned off the road while the operation was ongoing.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: "A first floor ceiling had collapsed on to the ground floor.

"Five pumps were in attendance and a further two special urban search and rescue teams were deployed into the collapsed area where it was quickly established that everyone was accounted for.

"A building control officer from the council was there and Scottish Power and Scottish Gas were requested by the fire service. The building was left safe and no casualties were recorded."

A police spokesman said: "The collapse triggered the fire alarm and alerted the people inside, they were outside before the emergency services arrived."