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Ceiling collapses above Edinburgh nightclub

Over fifty firefighters were called to an Edinburgh hotspot after the first floor ceiling of the Fiddlers Elbow collapsed into the ground floor in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Fire alarms are understood to have been set off, warning revelers in the popular GHQ nightclub at basement level.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which occurred around 2.30am.

The “shabby chic” hotel is located at the heart of Edinburgh’s clubland, in Picardy Place.

Five fire appliances and two specialist Urban Search and Rescue teams were mobilized, setting up cordons and deploying firefighters to assess whether anyone was trapped in the four storey building.

Management began a roll call of working staff, and everyone was accounted for.

Firefighters ensured the main building was searched before declaring everyone was safely out of the building.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: “When crews arrived on site it was clear there had been a significant collapse of the first floor ceiling into the ground floor. Cordons were set up to allow crews to begin a methodical search of the area.

“Firefighters also isolated power and utilities for safety reasons and contacted Building Control to attend the scene and give advice on the potential risks within the building from the incident.

“Once it was clear that everyone was accounted for and all had been done to make the area as safe as possible until the morning, crews were able to leave the incident just after 4am.”

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