Firefighter dies in hospital after horror blaze rips through Edinburgh Jenners building | The Sun

A FIREFIGHTER has died after a horror blaze at Jenners in Edinburgh.

The major fire broke out at the former department store building on Rose Street in the capital on Monday morning.

Police confirmed this afternoon that one of the firefighters who responded to the inferno has passed away today.

He has been named as 38-year-old Barry Martin and lost his life four days after he was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service led tributes to Mr Martin.

Interim chief officer, Ross Haggart, said: "It is with profound sadness that I confirm, on behalf of his family, that Barry Martin has passed away this afternoon following the serious injuries he sustained during a large-scale fire at the former Jenners building in Edinburgh.

"Barry, who was being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, had been in a critical condition since Monday's fire.

"I speak for the entire Service when I say that we are all devastated by the loss of Barry and our thoughts remain with his family, friends and colleagues at this deeply distressing time.

"Both Barry’s family and the Service have been overwhelmed with the messages of support we have received and we thank everyone for the time they have taken to share these.

“Barry’s family would also like to thank all the medical staff who have cared for him.

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"I would now ask that we all allow Barry’s family, friends and colleagues to grieve in private."

Four other firefighters who were also taken to the hospital for treatment have been since released.

A police officer was treated for smoke inhalation and was also later discharged.

Superintendent David Robertson, of Edinburgh Division, said: “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Barry at this very difficult time.

“Our enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

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