Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Teenager charged over Portobello stairwell fires

Tenement flat and crane
Firefighters used high reach equipment to rescue people on Sunday

A 17-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with six stairwell fires in Edinburgh's Portobello.

He is scheduled to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday.

The fires happened on Sunday and Monday. There were four fires at tenements in Bath Street between 16:55 and 18:50 on Sunday.

Then 40 minutes later a fire broke out in Kings Place. There was then a fire in Ramsay Place at 15:00 on Monday.

On each occasion, residents had to be evacuated and some were treated for smoke inhalation. No-one was injured.

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