Loanhead waste blaze tackled

Firefighters spent more than 12 hours tackling a fire at a commercial waste business earlier this month.

The alarm was raised just before 10.15pm on Saturday October 1 when Straiton residents heard the sound of an explosion to the rear of the Callyr Inn.

A crew from Liberton used bolt croppers to gain access to the yard. Once inside, two areas of commercial waste were found to be alight and assistance was requested from Dalkeith Fire Station.

The firefighters used two lines of hose to dampen down the rubbish. Early fears that there were combustible cylinders on site proved unfounded. The fire was under control by 11.24am on Sunday but it was another hour before the last appliance left the scene.

Last month, firefighters were called when a large quantity of rubbish was found alight in a derelict building nearby. The A701 was closed for four hours.