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Mortonhall Crematorium fire causes major damag

  • 3-25-2015

A fire at the Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh has badly damaged one of its buildings, firefighters have confirmed.

At least 35 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out in a roof just before 19:00 on Tuesday.

There was nobody in the building at the time. Crews worked through the night to bring the fire under control and to assess the damage.

Edinburgh city council said funerals have been postponed for the rest of the week.

An Edinburgh city council spokeswoman said: "A fire occurred at Mortonhall Crematorium on Tuesday evening and was brought under control by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

"This happened after the crematorium had closed and there were no staff in the building.

"A full investigation of the area is now underway to assess damage and take measures to ensure that the site is safe.

"Unfortunately this will mean all services this week will be postponed. We are in contact with those affected."

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