Police were at Inchmickery Court in Muirhouse, in the north of the Scottish town for several hours. A 23-year-old man and two men, aged 32, were arrested in connection with the burglaries.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: ‘At approximately 8.30am on Thursday May 19, officers attended after receiving a report of a fire and burglaries at an apartment block on Inchmickery Court in Edinburgh’s Muirhouse district.
“A 23-year-old man and two 32-year-old men have been arrested in connection with the burglary and investigations are still ongoing.”
“The fire was put out by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and is currently being treated as unexplained.”
A witness said the block of flats was cordoned off. Residents were not allowed to enter or leave the apartments.
They told the local Edinburgh Evening News: ‘Firefighters arrived in the morning and I think they wanted to enter one of the flats.
“There was screaming through a doorway but because of the high winds and the height of the building it was impossible to hear what was being said.
“Then the police arrived in full gear. Armed officers, what looked like two vans from a support unit.
“The building was cordoned off, so no one was entering or leaving. There are often incidents in these apartments and people outside like me – I went out to walk the dog – cannot come back.