Edinburgh building being rebuilt after tragic gas explosion in which a man died


Work is underway on a building which was destroyed by a tragic gas explosion which killed one person in Edinburgh.

The building in Fountainbridge was the scene of a harrowing gas explosion in which Gordon Sievewright, 69, died on Tuesday September 10.

The incident left many people homeless and also destroyed several property of the residents who lived in the building.

But footage has emerged showing the site of the gas explosion surrounded by walls of scaffolding.

Paul Motion, who captured the footage, said: ‘It appears that the building in Fountainbridge badly damaged by the fatal gas explosion and fire a few years ago is being reconstructed.

It is understood that the private owners and their insurance companies have hired a project manager to oversee the reintegration of what remains of the building into an apartment building.

From footage shared with Edinburgh Live, the old building appears to have undergone extensive work so that it can once again be turned into an apartment building for Edinburgh residents.

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On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, police and other emergency services rushed to the scene of an incident around 5 p.m. after reports of an explosion at the four-story building in Fountainbirdge, which resulted in the rain of debris in the nearby streets.

Crews from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service fought the flames and carried out a detailed search of the building. During this search, Mr. Sievewright was found dead on the second floor.

Scaffolding outside the remains of the building.
Scaffolding outside the remains of the building.

However, due to the damaged state of the building, no recovery of his body could take place at the time and a subsequent recovery effort was made by the emergency services after City Council contractors d ‘Edinburgh demolished a considerable part of the building.

Following the blast, nearby Tollcross Primary School was forced to close for several days while the area was secured.


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