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Fiddler’s Elbow ceiling collapses in Edinburgh

BBC News, 1/27/13

Hotel guests and nightclub goers escaped without injury after a ceiling collapsed at an Edinburgh venue.

Fire crews were called to the Fiddler’s Elbow in Picardy Place when the incident happened at 02:30.

Fire alarms were set off, which alerted hotel guests and clubbers in the GHQ nightclub in the hotel’s basement.

A full emergency operation was launched and the street was cordoned off. Ambulance crews also attended but there were no casualties.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: “A first floor ceiling had collapsed on to the ground floor.

“Five pumps were in attendance and a further two special urban search and rescue teams were deployed into the collapsed area where it was quickly established that everyone was accounted for.

“A building control officer from the council was there and Scottish Power and Scottish Gas were requested by the fire service.

“The building was left safe and no casualties were recorded.”

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