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Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 15:57 GMT
In pictures: Edinburgh fire
Part of Edinburgh's Old Town has been devastated by a major fire.

Firefighters in action (Pic: John McLaggan)
The blaze lit up the night sky

Police keeping bystanders away from the blaze (Pic: John McLaggan)
Police kept bystanders away as the fire raged

The burnt-out shell of a building in Edinburgh's Cowgate
The blaze began above a nightclub in Cowgate

A firefighter observes the burnt-out shell of a building on Edinburghs South Bridge
Buildings on the city's South Bridge were burnt out

Firefighters on Edinburghs South Bridge
Hundreds of firefighters tackled the blaze

 firefighter trains his hose on the burnt-out shell of a building in Edinburghs Cowgate
Tightly-packed closes made the fire difficult to fight

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