Firefighter dies following fire at former Jenners building

Firefighter dies following fire at former Jenners building

A firefighter has died following a fire at the former Jenners building on Rose Street in Edinburgh.

The fire occurred at about 11.35am on Monday and officers attended to assist Scottish Fire and Rescue Service following reports of a fire at the premises.

One firefighter was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by ambulance, where he died today.

He was 38-year-old Barry Martin.

Four other firefighters who were also taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment and were subsequently released.

A police officer was treated for smoke inhalation at hospital and was later released.

Superintendent David Robertson, of Police Scotland’s Edinburgh Division, said: “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Barry at this very difficult time.

“Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

Responding for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, interim chief officer Ross Haggart said: “It is with profound sadness that I confirm, on behalf of his family, that Barry Martin has passed away this afternoon following the serious injuries he sustained during a large-scale fire at the former Jenners building in Edinburgh.

“Barry, who was being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, had been in a critical condition since Monday’s fire.

“I speak for the entire Service when I say that we are all devastated by the loss of Barry and our thoughts remain with his family, friends and colleagues at this deeply distressing time.

“Both Barry’s family and the Service have been overwhelmed with the messages of support we have received and we thank everyone for the time they have taken to share these.

“Barry’s family would also like to thank all the medical staff who have cared for him.

“I would now ask that we all allow Barry’s family, friends and colleagues to grieve in private.”

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East Lothian Courier
Gregor Millar

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