A history of fire fighting in Edinburgh

In November 1824, one of the worst fires in the history of Edinburgh broke out. ‘The Great Fire of Edinburgh’ burned for five days and caused enormous losses of both life and property.

Between 400 and 500 families were made homeless and 13 people were killed, including two firemen. The fire was eventually extinguished by torrential rain. This was an early test for Edinburgh’s newly formed fire brigade – the first of its kind in the country.

The history of fire fighting in Edinburgh is one of innovation and invention, and is the subject of a talk tonight at Central Library by Ian McMurtire, retired Assistant Firemaster and Curator of the Museum of Fire.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to get a ticket for tonight’s sold out talk, the next best thing is to visit Our Town Stories to see an illustrated history of Edinburgh’s fire service, including some remarkable images from the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service’s Museum of Fire.



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