Lightning strike causes fire in four storey building in Greenock
25 July 2013
At 18.10 hours today, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Control Centre based at Johnstone, received 27 repeat calls reporting a building fire caused by a lightning strike at Heritage Court, Campbell Street in Greenock. Fire crews were mobilised and arrived to discover a well developed fire in the roof space of a four storey building measuring a total area of 70 metres by 40 metres. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were deployed into the building to search for people who had not been accounted for whilst other crews tackled the fire with main jets and a ground monitor. A total of 14 people were evacuated from the 8 flats in the common close directly affected by the fire, and dozens of people from adjoining and nearby flats were evacuated from their homes as a precaution due to the severity of the fire. At the height of the blaze a total of 30 firefighters attended the incident from Greenock, Port Glasgow, Gourock, and Clydebank Fire Stations. Fire crews searched the building and confirmed that all residents had been evacuated, and then the fire was extinguished by using a large volume water monitor from a high reach Aerial Rescue Pump (ARP) appliance. Firefighters successfully prevented the fire from spreading along the roof space to affect the other homes within the building complex. Fire Crews will be in attendance at the incident for several hours cutting away building products, and ensuring that all residual fire hot spots are fully extinguished. No residents were injured at the incident, however the building has been severely damaged by fire and heat from the blaze.