Four rushed to hospital after incident at Edinburgh building site

Emergency crews at the scene
-Credit: (Image: Edinburgh Live)


Police and fire crews have descended on an Edinburgh building site amid an ongoing "major incident".

Paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) also rushed to the scene on Rillbank Crescent in the capital after receiving the alarm at around 11.05am. The nature of the disturbance is currently unknown.

Four people have been taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Images show multiple fire engines and ambulances at the scene. One resident told our sister title, Edinburgh Live, it was a "major" incident.

Another local added: "I couldn't see any smoke or signs of a fire as there was a lot of fire response units. Wasn't very clear what was going on".

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 11.05am on Wednesday, 19 June, 2023, we were called to a building site in the Rillbank Crescent area of Edinburgh. Emergency services are in attendance."

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 11:01 to attend an incident on Rillbank Crescent, Edinburgh. Four ambulances, two special operations response teams (SORT), and a critical care paramedic were dispatched to the scene. Four patients were transported to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were alerted at 11.30am on Wednesday, 19 June, to reports of people in difficulty within a building site at Rillbank Crescent, Edinburgh. Operations Control mobilised two appliances, specialist rope rescue and a height appliance, to the scene.

"Four casualties were rescued and handed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service. Crews left after ensuring the area was made safe.”

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