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Edinburgh primary school fire: Students evacuated as huge blaze erupts

Edinburgh primary school fire: Firefighters were called to Liberton Primary School

Edinburgh primary school fire: Firefighters were called to Liberton Primary School (Image: Wendy Laidlaw)

Up to 50 firefighters were called to Liberton Primary School, in Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh, just after 3.30pm. The fire has reportedly spread to the roof of the school, with a fire service spokesman describing the fire as "well developed" to the Edinburgh News. They added there were no reports of any injuries to children or staff. The school day had ended but children and staff at an after school club were evacuated. A police spokeswoman also added Gilmerton Road has been closed to traffic within the last half hour.

A parent, who did not wish to be named, said children and staff were evacuated from the building as the blaze broke out.

They told Edinburgh Live: "It's a pretty big fire, lots of firefighters and appliances are at the school trying to get it under control.

"The school kids were all out of the building but the after school club was on, so the building was evacuated."

Edinburgh Travel News wrote on Twitter there are currently road closures between Goods Corner and Double Hedges Road.

Lothian Bus services 3, 8 and 29 have been diverted as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire has not been revealed. 

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 3.33pm on Wednesday, February 5 to reports of a fire within a school in Edinburgh.

“Operations Control mobilised a total of nine appliances to the city’s Gilmerton Road, where firefighters were met by a well-developed fire within a ground floor classroom.

“Crews currently remain on the scene working to extinguish the fire. There are no reported casualties.”