Whatever: August 2005 Archives

August 11, 2005

Hidden dangers of the New Age

Scotland: A fire which gutted three flats in the Marchmont area of Edinburgh is thought to have been started by a crystal ball:

Firefighters believe the blaze was started by a crystal ball which focused sunlight on to a pile of old clothes setting them alight.

The fire quickly took hold and spread through the three flats on the fifth floor. Neighbours downstairs called the fire brigade as those living upstairs tried in vain to put it out.

A 24-year-old man living in the flat where the fire is thought to have broken out was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Dozens of residents were evacuated from the tenement block at Marchmont Crescent as the fire spread across the top floor and smoke filled up the narrow stairwell. Fire fighters using breathing apparatus had to haul a hose up to the top floor of the building in order to start battling the fire.

The entire building has been left uninhabitable because of the extensive smoke damage as well as water damage and a lack of gas and electricity both of which were cut off after the fire started.

Three flats at the top of the building have been completely gutted with electrics fused, windows shattered and everything affected by smoke damage.

The flat where the fire started has been left a burnt out shell with soot covering plants, bed clothes and what little furniture remains. The roof is partially collapsed. Most of the windows were blown out by the heat and shards of glass were littering the back garden.

A Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade warned householders to think about where they placed glass ornaments, goldfish bowls and mirrors on sunny days.

Fire ball guts flatsEdinburgh Evening News, 11th August 2005.

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