The Elephant House cafe in Edinburgh caught fire on Tuesday following a fire at a nearby pastry shop.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it had deployed more than 60 firefighters and 12 fire engines to put out the blaze. One of the employees was hospitalized as a precaution and later released. Pictures coming out show the front windows of the cafe being damaged and the interior broken. Debris from the burnt-out parts of the building can also be seen lying outside the cafe.
BBC News reports that David Taylor, the owner of the cafe, has responded that the fire at the cafe caused extensive damage to his business and that the incident itself literally shattered him. He said the cafe would have to close for months for repairs.
The Elephant House in Edinburgh is one of the favorite places for Harry Potter fans. For years, the cafe also had a signboard indicating the birthplace of the character Harry Potter, who has a large fan base around the world. The Elephant House Cafe is also a regular destination for Harry Potter fans in Edinburgh.
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However, JK Rowling later claimed that he had begun writing Harry Potter’s magical tales before moving to Edinburgh. However, she admits that she often visited the cafe during the writing of the seven-book Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter series is based on the adventures of Harry Potter, a teenage wizard and students of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a magical school, and his close friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Graincher.
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The pastry shop, which caught fire on Tuesday, was also badly damaged in the blaze. The street where the cafe was located was completely closed on Wednesday in the wake of a fire in the old city of Edinburgh and firefighters continued their operations.