Saturday, 19 October, 2019

Glasgow fire: Huge blaze hits city centre building - properties evacuated

A police officer wears a face mask after asbestos warnings were issued A police officer wears a face mask after asbestos warnings were issued
Patty Aguilar | 24 March, 2018, 10:46

It comes as the cherished Pavilion Theatre has cancelled ALL of its weekend shows as its boss has revealed his heartbreak over "the city's worst fire in a long time".

"Crews immediately and safely evacuated the occupants of several nearby buildings".

General director Alex Reedijk said: "Unfortunately, the theatre sits directly downwind from the nearby fire on Sauchiehall Street and has been affected by smoke".

Emergency services were called to the scene at 8.18am today after a blaze took hold in the roof space of commercial premises.

More than 120 firefighters were involved in containing the fire as local residents were urged to say indoors due to the possible presence of asbestos in the dense smoke.

Assistant chief officer Lewis Ramsay said: "This is challenging - but the response of our firefighters has been outstanding".

Fire crews broke into the 114-year-old Pavilion, one of the city's best-loved music hall venues, which is located on the other side of a narrow lane behind the building that was on fire, amid concerns that the flames would jump across.

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ACO Ramsay said the fire had been "really complicated" to deal with due to its extensive spread, affecting a number of older tenement-style buildings on the street.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hotels, businesses and people of Glasgow who opened their doors to our firefighters and our emergency service partners for their invaluable and continued support".

More than 20 fire appliances, including specialist high reach appliances and a heavy rescue vehicle were involved, with numerous firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

Hope Street has been closed to all traffic between Bath Street and Renfrew Street.

But is has now been confirmed there is NO risk to the public from asbestos in building following a "shut your windows" warning.

Just after midday, the fire service said it was still working on tackling the "well-developed" blaze.

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