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Firefighters battle blaze at TGI Friday's in Edinburgh city centre

Parts of Edinburgh city centre were cordonned off after a fire broke out on the corner of Castle Street and Rose Street

Castle Street Edinburgh fire on August 9 2013. UGC quality image
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Fire crews have tackled a blaze at a restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh's New Town.

The alarm was raised just before 1pm after a kitchen fire was reported at TGI Friday's on the corner of Castle Street and Rose Street in the heart of the capital.

Witnesses said they saw flames coming out the back of the restaurant in Rose Street Lane. Part of the roof of the annex collapsed as a result of the blaze.

The area around the premises was cordoned off while 30 firefighters tackled the blaze.

Local residents were also evacuated from the flats around the buildings and other businesses were asked to close.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed there were no casualties in the incident.

Video by Paul Scott Canavan

Darrell Wade, chief operating officer at TGI Friday's, said: "We can confirm that a fire broke out within the property that we occupy on Castle Street in Edinburgh.

"We immediately evacuated our restaurant and all guests and team members safely left the building.

"We are now working closely with the Edinburgh fire service to help understand the cause of the fire.

"At this stage the exact cause and location of the breakout is inconclusive."

Fire at Castle Street in Edinburgh

Picture by ChristieMcMo

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