Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Diners evacuated from fire at The Witchery

An Edinburgh city centre restaurant had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in its reception.

The fire at The Witchery on the High Street, just metres from Edinburgh Castle, happened just after 19:00 on Thursday.

Firefighters found a fire in the ground floor, which is thought to have started in the electrical cables and ducting.

Diners were evacuated from the building while 16 firefighters spent about two hours extinguishing the blaze.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue said they made the building safe and carried out investigations into the source of the fire.

She said: "The neighbouring Edinburgh Festival Centre at the Hub was closed for the night due to smoke entering the building and leaving an acrid smell.

"Fortunately, everyone was evacuated safely and there were no reported casualties.

"Fire crews used a CO2 extinguisher, a thermal imaging camera and small tools to cut away damage.

"An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway although early indications suggest an electrical fault."

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