Firefighters rescue eight people from Glasgow tenement blaze

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Over 40 firefighters involved in incident in Glasgow's East End

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Over 40 firefighters from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service tackled a blaze in the east end of Glasgow early this morning which required them to rescue eight residents using special high reach appliances.

The service received numerous calls at 1.25am from the public alerting them to a fire within a 5 storey tenement building in Roslea Drive within the Dennistoun area of the city. Information at this time included that residents were still located within the building also.

Local fire crews from nearby Calton, Cowcaddens and Springburn were mobilised and upon their arrival were met with a well developed fire within the top floor of the property which had spread into the roof space. 

Upon recognising the scale of the incident, additional resources were requested and firefighters at the scene wearing breathing apparatus assisted in the evacuation of residents within the building as well as tackling the blaze.

Due to the location of the residents in the upper floors of the building, special High Reach Appliances were utilised to rescue eight people which included two children. 

The Scottish Ambulance Service carried out a precautionary check up on the two children as well as four adults at the scene and there is no reports of anyone injured or having been taken to hospital.

In a multi agency response, the local authority secured Whitehill Secondary School as a center for temporary shelter,  ensuring the welfare of the 33 residents safely evacuated from the building.

With all residents evacuated, the fire service tackled the blaze within the roofspace using water jets from two high reach appliances and whilst the fire is extinguished the fire service will remain at the scene for some considerable time damping down the debris of the blaze.

The Incident Commander, Area Manager David Proctor stated: "The rapid actions of the initial attending fire crews at the scene ensured that rescues were carried out quickly and that is the reason in this particular instance there are no casualties.

"This was a well developed fire which had spread into the roof space of a building measuring 20m x 30m and this can present many complications for fire crews.

"It was and still is a multi agency response with the police, ambulance and local authority all contributing to ensure the welfare of the residents effected by this fire is priority."

Building Control will be attending the scene this morning to assess the condition of the building and a full investigation into the cause of the fire is underway involving the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and Police Scotland. 

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