Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Teenager Jamie Corrigan in court over Portobello stairwell fires

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

A 17-year-old has appeared in court charged with starting a number of stairwell fires in the Edinburgh area.

Jamie Corrigan appeared in private before Sheriff James Scott at the city's sheriff court on Thursday.

Mr Corrigan, whose address has been given as Edinburgh, made no plea or declaration to a total of six charges.

Prosecutors alleged he deliberately started the fires in the shared staircases of flats in the city's Portobello area earlier this week.

Mr Corrigan was remanded in custody and is expected to make another court appearance in connection with the allegations within the next eight days.

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 later 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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