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Edinburgh: Harry Potter’s self-described ‘birthplace’ elephant house damaged by fire

By PTI

London: A cafe in the Scottish capital where author JK Rowling wrote some of the Harry Potter books has been damaged in a fire.

Smoke and water damaged a nearby patisserie Tuesday at Elephant House in Edinburgh.

More than 60 firefighters and 12 fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said one of its crew members was taken to hospital as a precaution and was later released.

Images show the cafe’s front windows are gone, with a ruined interior and debris lying outside.

Owner David Taylor told the BBC he was “devastated” by the widespread damage to his business.

He said the cafe is likely to remain closed for months for repairs.

The Elephant House is a regular stop for Harry Potter fans and has long been a sign that declares itself to be the “birthplace” of the fictional young wizard.

Rowling has disputed that she began writing magical stories before moving to Edinburgh.

But she confirmed that she frequented the cafe while writing some of the seven-book series.

Patisserie Valerie, where the fire broke out on Tuesday, was also heavily damaged.

Firefighters remained at the scene in Edinburgh’s Old Town as the road was closed on Wednesday.

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