Fire breaks out in former Jenners building in Edinburgh

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Fire-Emergency crews are dealing with a fire in the former Jenners department store in Edinburgh.

According to a spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, at around 11:29, they reacted to reports of a fire in the empty building’s backyard on Rose Street.

Although there have been no confirmed casualties, the event has shut down nearby roadways and at least ten fire engines are on the scene.

According to the fire department, when crews arrived, the building was well ablaze.


Smoke was seen coming out of the department store’s basement, according to eyewitness accounts.

Later, the police perimeter was expanded to include the entirety of St. Andrew Square.

A staff evacuation has taken place from neighboring offices.

A representative for Police Scotland stated that many nearby roads had been closed, advising people to “avoid the area if at all possible” and “heed advise regarding alternative routes.”

Also present is the Scottish Ambulance Service. “We received the call at 11:49 and have dispatched 14 resources,” a spokeswoman stated.

One of Edinburgh’s Princes Street’s most recognizable structures is the Jenners building.

It was one of the first department shops in the world when it opened in 1838 and operated till it closed.

The rehabilitation process has been going on for four years. According to the idea, the six-story building’s approximately 10,000m2 of vacant rooms will be converted into a hotel.

After the previous structure was destroyed by fire in 1892, architect William Hamilton Beattie created the current structure in the Victorian Renaissance revival style, which was inaugurated in 1895.

2005 saw the sale of the structure to private investors after the House of Fraser acquired the Jenner’s name and property.

Then, in 2017, Danish millionaire Anders Holch Povlsen purchased it for an alleged £53 million.