Industrial unit fire in Glasgow's East End
26 September 2013
Crews attend hazmat incident at chemical processing plant
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Operations Control Centre in Johnstone received a call at 3.09am today (26 September) advising of an industrial unit on fire in Eastmuir Street in Glasgow’s East End.
Appliances were initially mobilised from Easterhouse Community Fire Station and on arrival the crews were met with an extensive fire and quickly requested additional resources. The incident involved a chemical processing plant containing significant quantities of flammable liquids, and following a risk assessment, the Incident Commander also requested the attendance of the SFRS Environmental Protection Unit and a Scientific Advisor.
Meanwhile, crews donned breathing apparatus and used two main jets to fight the fire whilst their colleagues entered neighbouring units to check for fire spread.
Firefighters made use of the high reach Aerial Rescue Pump to assist in conducting atmospheric monitoring of the surrounding area, and worked closely with the scientific advisor to identify the substances involved.
Throughout the incident SFRS officers and the Scientific Advisor liaised with other partner agencies including The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Police Scotland to bring the fire safely under control and crews remain on the scene dampening down and stripping away affected areas. The cause of the blaze is not yet known and an investigation will be conducted by the SFRS.