Firefighters are still fighting the blaze that damaged the “Harry Potter” cafe


Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze that damaged the cafe where JK Rowling wrote part of the Harry Potter series.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was called at 6:18 a.m. on Tuesday over a fire affecting several properties on the George IV Bridge in Edinburgh.

A firefighter was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, but released later in the morning, while another person was treated at the scene.

Images of the area early on Tuesday showed smoke billowing from a branch of the Valerie pastry shop next to the Elephant House cafe, which has been made famous as the place where Rowling created some of her stories.

A man was seen removing items from the Elephant House Cafe (Andrew Milligan / PA) / PA wire

SFRS said four fire trucks and an overhead device remained at the scene over lunchtime on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, a man who is said to be the owner of the Elephant House was seen carrying an elephant sculpture and framed text outside the cafe.

Some closed roads were still in place in the area.

Elephant House owner David Taylor told the BBC his building suffered smoke and water damage, although the fire did not spread there.

He told the broadcaster: “I feel absolutely drained of this.

“At best, we can hope for an opening in a few weeks, but if there is also structural damage, it is not bearable to think about it.

“It’s really quite disturbing because we had just regained some semblance of normalcy after two years, even though we were only running about 50% of our festival business.”

The fire started on Tuesday morning (Matt Donlan / Twitter / PA) / PA Media

Edinburgh Police tweeted: ‘Due to a fire, #GeorgeIVBridge and #CandlemakerRow will remain closed in the foreseeable future.

An SFRS spokeswoman said: “We were alerted at 6:18 am on Tuesday August 24 of reports of a building on fire on the George IV Bridge in Edinburgh.

“A total of 12 aircraft and two height vehicles were mobilized in the area, where more than 60 firefighters worked to tackle the blaze that affected a number of properties.

“Four household appliances and a height vehicle remain on site at the moment. “

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