Royal Mile closed as fire crews tackle blaze at popular pub

Police have closed down the section of road between St Mary's Street and Blackfriars Street.

Edinburgh Royal Mile closed as fire crews tackle blaze at popular pub STV News

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh has been closed by police as fire crews tackle a blaze at a popular pub.

Emergency services were called to reports of burning smells and smoke at the Royal Mile Tavern on Thursday, at around 12.48pm.

Ten fire trucks – including a height vehicle – were dispatched, and they remain at the scene working to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters are working to extinguish the blaze. STV News

It is currently unknown if anyone has been injured.

As a result of the fire, police closed down a section of the Royal Mile, between St Mary’s Street and Blackfriars Street, and advised motorists to “seek alternative routes”.

A height vehicle is at the scene of the fire. STV News

Videos from the scene show plumes of white smoke billowing from the pub, alongside a large group of firefighters standing outside.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 12.48pm on Thursday, February 9, to reports of a smell of burning and smoke coming from a commercial building at High Street, Edinburgh.

The road has been closed while crews tackle the fire. STV News

“Operations Control have mobilised ten appliances to the scene, including a height vehicle, and crews remain in attendance working to extinguish the fire.”