FSB fears impact

Setback to recovery as Harry Potter cafe damaged in blaze

Smoke seen billowing out of the Elephant House cafe

An Edinburgh cafe where JK Rowling reputedly wrote early manuscripts for her Harry Potter books was feared badly damaged in a fire early this morning.

One person was taken to hospital as the blaze caused George IV Bridge to be closed along with several adjacent roads.

Firefighters were called at 6.18am to reports of a fire and smoke at a branch of Patisserie Valerie, next door to the The Elephant House cafe which is famously linked to the Rowling books.

Elephant House owner David Taylor, said the building had not suffered fire damage, but there was smoke and water damage.

He said: “I feel absolutely gutted about this. At best, we can hope for opening in a few weeks time, but if there is structural damage too, then it isn’t bearable to think about.


“We had just got back to some semblance of normality after two years, although we were only running at about 50% of our festival trade.”

The Oz Bar on Candlemaker Row, below Patisserie Valerie, also suffered water damage.

Owner Tom Ponton said: “We have just refurbished the whole pub and we were back to doing very well again after two years, it’s devastating.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Operations Control mobilised nine appliances and two height vehicles to the scene where firefighters are tackling a fire affecting a number of properties.

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