Firefighters evacuate flats after carbon monoxide leak in Glasgow

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No-one was hurt as a result of the incident in the Merchant City and householders were able to return to their flats after around two hours.

SFRS name line on appliance

Firefighters evacuated around 20 residents from flats in Glasgow’s Merchant City following a carbon monoxide build-up in a ground-floor pub this afternoon (Tuesday 9 February).

No-one was hurt in the incident, which happened on Blackfriars Street around 2:30pm and saw Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews reach the scene within four minutes.

The occupants were moved as a precautionary measure while firefighters worked to ventilate the building.

Householders were able to return to the flats around 4:40pm after atmospheric monitoring conducted by a specialist SFRS officer and an advisor from Glasgow Scientific Services confirmed the gas had dissipated.

The carbon monoxide was detected by an SGN (formerly Scotland Gas Networks) operator and emanated from a petrol generator located within the premises while refurbishment work is carried out.