Firefighters battle nursery blaze as flames rip through roof

Several crews are tackling the fire at Lanark Road Nursery in Edinburgh.

Firefighters battle nursery blaze as flames rip through roof SFRS

Firefighters are battling a well-developed blaze at a nursery school in Edinburgh.

Crews were called to Lanark Road Nursery after the fire was first reported at around 7.20am on Wednesday.

Six fire engines and a height vehicle were sent to the scene.

Thick black smoke could be seen for miles as flames took hold of the roof of the three-storey building near Dovecot Park in Kings Knowe.

Officers said there are not believed to be any injuries as a result.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 7.19am on Wednesday, May 5 to reports of a building fire on Lanark Road, Edinburgh.

“Operations Control mobilised six appliances and a height vehicle to the scene to extinguish a well-developed fire affecting the roof space of a three-storey building.

“There are no reported casualties at this time.

“Crews remain in attendance.”

Police Scotland are also in attendance assisting the fire service.

A spokesman for the force said: “Lanark Road is currently closed between Kingsknowe Drive and Kingsknowe South due to a fire.

“Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

“Thank you for your patience.”

Councillor Andrew Johnstone said: “There has been a fire at Lanark Road Nursery this morning but understand everyone is safe and well.

“Very sad news for an important local business and for the parents and children that attend.”