Fire Destroys Dentists

HUNDREDS of people have been left without a dentist after a ferocious blaze destroyed a surgery in Edinburgh.

Owner David Gilchrist said he was forced to turn away 40 patients scheduled for treatment at the Newington surgery yesterday (wed) alone after it was gutted by flames and smoke on Tuesday night.

He couldn’t even contact them in advance because all records were held on computer systems wiped out by the fire.

Now, because he is fully booked until the end of March, he is desperately seeking an alternative venue so as not to let his hundreds of patients down.

More than 40 fire-fighters worked to tackle the blaze that broke out in the basement area of number four Rankeillor Street at around 11pm on Tuesday night.

The fire affected homes on the street as well as the dental practice and properties on Clerk Street.