Streets closed down as blaze breaks out at five-storey building

Fire crews and police were called after the fire broke out near St Andrew Square in Edinburgh city centre.

Fire breaks out in five-storey building at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh as emergency services race to scene

Emergency services have closed down streets in the centre of Edinburgh after fire broke out at a business in a five-storey building.

Six fire engines and around 30 firefighters were called to the scene near St Andrew Square to extinguish the blaze, which was reported around 11.15am after smoke was seen billowing out from the property.

Police attended to assist crews from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and surrounding roads were cordoned off.

Fire crews and police on South St Andrew Street. (Scott Biddle)

There are not understood to be any injuries as a result of the fire.

A spokesperson from SFRS said: “We were alerted at 11.15am on Wednesday, December 7, to reports of smoke coming from a property on South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh.

“Operations Control mobilised six fire appliances to the scene where firefighters are working to extinguish a fire affecting a commercial property on the ground floor of a five-storey building. There are no reported casualties at this time, and crews are still at the scene.”

Police Scotland said: “Around 11.35am on Wednesday, December 7, police were called to a report of a fire in South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh. Officers are in attendance.”

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