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A firefighter has died in hospital after last week’s at the former Jenners department store building in Edinburgh, police have confirmed. At about 11.35am on Monday, 23 January, 2023, police attended to assist Scottish and Rescue Service after a blaze at the premises.

One firefighter was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by ambulance, where he died on Friday, 27 January.

He was 38-year-old Barry Martin, from Fife.

Mr Martin, who was based in Edinburgh, had been in a critical condition at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since the blaze.

A police officer was treated for smoke inhalation at hospital and was later released.

A police officer was taken to the same hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation and later released.

At its height, 22 fire appliances were sent to the scene at Rose Street, with more than 100 firefighters battling the blaze, which was reported at about 11.30am.

Witnesses saw a soot-covered firefighter being helped from the building by colleagues.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, tweeted: “This is dreadfully sad news. My deepest condolences go to Barry’s family, friends and colleagues.

“This is a terrible tragedy for all who loved him – but also a reminder of the selfless courage our firefighters demonstrate in the line of duty each and every day.”



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