Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Homes without power after fire in Edinburgh

Hundreds of homes in Edinburgh were left without electricity after a motorbike fire caused damage to a power substation.

Lothian and Borders Police said the bike was set alight next to the station in Tytler Gardens in the city at about 0530 BST.

They are treating the blaze as suspicious.

An investigation has also been launched into a fire at a derelict children's nursery in West Pilton Grove on Sunday.

Police said the fire in Tytler Gardens caused about £50,000 of damage to the power substation. They have appealed for witnesses.

Firefighters were called to the separate blaze in West Pilton Grove at about 1950 BST on Sunday.

Neighbouring residents were told to keep windows and doors closed due to concerns over asbestos in the building.

A police spokesman said there was nothing to suggest the two fires were linked.

He said: "Although no one was injured in either incident, both these fires have caused significant disruption to local residents.

"We are treating both these fires as suspicious, and inquiries are ongoing to establish what started each blaze.

"We are appealing for anyone with any information, or who may have seen something suspicious in West Pilton Grove last night, or Tytler Gardens this morning."

Firefighters in the capital also tackled a blaze at the Scotia Bank building in South Charlotte Street overnight.

The fire broke out on the fourth floor of the five-storey building.

The property contained flats and retail space. No-one had to be cleared from the building.