Edinburgh fire: Blaze breaks out at old Jenners department store on Princes Street

Dozens of firefighters are tackling a blaze at the Jenners building in Edinburgh. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to fire at the former

department store at 11.29am. The building was found “well alight” and a total of 10 fire appliances have been sent to the scene on Rose Street in the city centre. No

casualties have been reported and some streets in the area have been closed. A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were alerted at 11.29am on Monday January

23 to reports of a building fire at Rose Street, Edinburgh. “Operations Control immediately mobilised two appliances to the scene and, on arrival, firefighters found a

building well alight. “A further eight appliances, including a high reach, were mobilised and crews remain on scene as they work to extinguish the fire. No casualties have

been reported.” The service later said a total of 22 appliances and other specialist resources were sent to the scene. Marks and Spencer and the Mercure Hotel, in

Princes Street, have been closed as firefighters work in the neighbouring former department store, and some buildings have been evacuated. “I work at one of the businesses

nearby and I nipped out for lunch and tried to get in but we have been evacuated,” one worker said. “I was aware of the sirens and it was one of my team that said Jenners

was on fire. “The building’s beautiful. It’s such a beautiful piece of architecture, it’s such a shame, especially with it shutting down and lying kind of

empty.”