Fire crews were called out to battle a fresh blaze at an already fire-damaged former hotel in Edinburgh.

Four engines and a height appliance were despatched to a fire at the Northfield House Hotel on Lasswade Road just after 6.30pm on Monday.

Pictures online showed thick plumes of smoke pouring from the building. Emergency crews cordoned off the road while they dealt with the blaze.

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The one-time hotel closed before the pandemic and saw three fires in the space of a week earlier this month.

The same reports suggest a planning application was approved last year on appeal to demolish what remains of the hotel and create new student accommodation in its place.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 6.34pm on Monday, 14 August to reports of a fire within a derelict building in Edinburgh.

"Operations Control mobilised five appliances to the city's Lasswade Road, where firefighters extinguished the fire and worked to make the area safe before leaving the scene.

"There were no casualties."