Fire Near Ratho

A multi-agency response has been taken to an industrial fire in the Ratho area on Sunday 25 March.

NHS Lothian is working with Health Protection Scotland, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and City of Edinburgh Council in collaboration with the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, to monitor the situation and provide advice to the public.

A large quantity of tyres caught fire on Sunday morning; the fire is now under control but is still burning.

SEPA, through Scotland’s Airborne Hazards Emergency Response service, has been monitoring air quality since Sunday. Health Protection Scotland (HPS), in conjunction with SEPA, has assessed the data and advised that air quality is not dissimilar to the current air quality across central Scotland.

Duncan McCormick, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Lothian said: 

“Based on HPS’ assessment of the data in conjunction with SEPA, of the air quality in the area surrounding the fire, we would like to reassure the local community that this incident is unlikely to pose a risk to public health.
“There have been reports of soot-like deposits on surfaces and the City of Edinburgh Council has taken samples for analysis.  Preliminary results indicate that the contents are unlikely to pose a risk to public health.  The City of Edinburgh Council will take appropriate measures regarding the removal of large deposits from public footpaths and highways.
"If members of the public are cleaning these deposits on their own property, we would recommend that you clean up as you would any soiled surface and always wash your hands.
“If anyone has a health concern we would advise them to speak to their GP.”
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28/03/2012