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Residents await return after site blaze

Dozens of residents evacuated from their homes following a major fire on a construction site in Edinburgh are still waiting to return today - three days after the blaze.

Around 50 people were forced to leave their properties after the fire tore through the block of flats being built sending plumes of smoke across the city centre on Saturday afternoon.

Around 55 firefighters battled with the blaze at the seven-storey block in Hawkhill Close, off Albion Place. Crews had to tackle fires in piles of rubble caused by structural collapse at the site.

No one was injured, but between 40 and 50 residents in neighbouring properties were evacuated from their homes amid fears that a tower crane used during the construction could collapse.

An exclusion zone is in place around the crane and engineers are assessing it.

The evacuated residents were not allowed to return yesterday - leaving them to face a third night away from their homes.

Group manager John Dickie described dealing with the aftermath of the blaze as a long process. He said: "It's one of the biggest fires for a while. There were 82 flats at various levels of construction, so it's a considerable amount of property."

An investigation has been launched to establish the cause of the blaze.