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Hanover Street fire: Officials said 'not being treated as suspicious'

Smoke from the Hanover Street fire
Image caption Smoke from the large blaze travelled across Edinburgh city

A huge blaze that swept through the Thomas Cook building in Edinburgh's Hanover Street is not being treated as suspicious.

The fire, which started at 15:30 on Thursday was extinguished more than 12 hours later.

Firefighters are still at the scene conducting a watching brief to make sure there are no more pockets of fire in the four-storey building.

The properties on either side of the building were evacuated.

A Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "We are not treating the Hanover Street fire as suspicious at this time.

"Edinburgh City Council's building control are now conducting a survey to see if the building is safe.

"This afternoon a fire investigation team will return to the scene to complete its investigation

"We will then be handing the building over to the police who will look after the security of the building."

At the height of the blaze, about 60 firefighters and 11 appliances were on the scene.

An Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman said: "We have found no major structural damage in the building so we will be handing the building back to the owners later.

"Property services are working with owners to secure part of the back building."

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