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In quotes: firefighter's death

Picture of the incident on Dalry Road submitted by David Lithgow
About 70 firefighters were involved in tackling the fatal blaze

News of the death of a firefighter while tackling a blaze at an Edinburgh pub has been met with dismay by fire union leaders and politicians across Scotland.

SCOTTISH JUSTICE SECRETARY KENNY MACASKILL

"My thoughts and condolences are with the dead firefighter's family. It is typical of the professionalism of our firefighters that, despite the tragic loss of one of their colleagues, they continue to tackle the blaze and secure the safety of the building and neighbouring properties."

Mr MacAskill added that the incident "reminds us of the debt of gratitude we all owe the brave men and women who serve in our emergency services".

SCOTTISH LABOUR LEADER IAIN GRAY

"We take for granted the great public service firefighters provide on a daily basis and all too often forget the danger it entails.

"I know the Lothian and Borders fire service is a very close community and the impact this loss will have. Our condolences go out to the firefighter's family."

SCOTTISH TORY LEADER ANNABEL GOLDIE

"This is a very tragic situation. It is yet another poignant reminder of the grave risks that our fire service face on a daily basis.

"Obviously our thoughts are with the families of the fireman who lost his life and his colleague."

KEN ROSS, SCOTTISH SECRETARY OF THE FIRE BRIGADES UNION

"It is devastating news that we have lost a firefighter colleague in the line of duty and that another is injured.

"Our thoughts are primarily with his family who will be distraught at the loss of their loved one. His friends and colleagues will also be shocked and distressed."

He added: "Deaths in the line of duty touch everyone who works in the fire service. The death of our colleague in Edinburgh will be felt very deeply by everyone in the service in Scotland and across the UK."

FIRE BRIGADES UNION GENERAL SECRETARY MATT WRACK

"This terrible news is a reminder of just how deadly our profession can be. Our thoughts are with all our colleagues in fire services across the UK who will be touched by these events."

He added: "There are no borders to grief and this death will impact on fire crews across the UK."



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