Page last updated at 16:48 GMT, Sunday, 12 July 2009 17:48 UK

Firefighter killed on duty named

Ewan Williamson
Ewan Williamson, 35, died when a floor collapsed

The fireman killed while tackling a pub blaze in Edinburgh has been named as Ewan Williamson.

The 35-year-old died when a floor gave way at the Balmoral Bar in the city's Dalry Road.

His family described him as "a wonderful, kind, sporty and outgoing person who was loved by everyone".

More than 20 people, including a baby, were rescued from flats above the pub by firefighters in the early hours of the morning.

Seven members of the public were taken to hospital, mainly for treatment for smoke inhalation.

Approximately 70 firefighters and 16 fire engines were involved in the incident, with crews drafted in from across the service area to bolster the firefighting effort.

A statement from Mr Williamson's family was released by Lothian and Borders Fire Service (LBFS).

It said: "This has come as a horrific shock to the family. Ewan was a wonderful, kind, sporty and outgoing person who was loved by everyone.

"He loved the fire service. We would ask that the public remember members of the service who risk their lives every day."

Mr Williamson is survived by his mother, two sisters and his girlfriend.

Senior fire officers also praised Mr Williamson's bravery and said the force was "absolutely devastated" by his death.

Brian Allaway, the chief fire officer of LBFS, said: "Our service is a very close-knit community and we're all absolutely devastated by this loss.

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

"The thoughts of every single member of this service are with the firefighter's family. This a tragic day for us."

He said morale among crews on the scene was "pretty low" and added that counselling would be available, stressing: "We will give our firefighters every support they need."

Fire crews had been called out to the incident - thought to have started in the basement of the bar - at 0038 BST.

Deputy chief fire officer Alex Clark, who was the incident commander at the scene, said the cause of the blaze was not yet known.

He said the bar was in the process of closing at the time.

Mr Clark said: "Investigations will be going on to fully ascertain how the fire started."

Both the fire service and Lothian and Borders Police are investigating the incident, along with the Health and Safety Executive.



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