Ongoing fire in Glasgow City Centre

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Fire at the Mackintosh Building in Glasgow - UPDATE 4.00 pm, Friday 23 May 2014

UPDATE:  Friday 23 May 2014, 4.00 pm

Firefighters remain in attendance at the scene at the Mackintosh Building in Glasgow.

SFRS crews have been working to bring the fire under control with high pressure water jets used to douse the flames.

Appliances from across Glasgow and west Central Scotland were mobilised to the incident, which began shortly before 12.30pm.

Firefighters reached the scene within four minutes of the service receiving the first of several 999 calls.

Search and rescue teams entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and led a number of people to safety.

Both internal and external firefighting operations have been conducted throughout the incident and three aerial rescue pumps are currently being used to douse the flames from height.

There are no reports of injuries at this point.

Chief Officer Alasdair Hay is in attendance. He said: "This is likely to be a protracted incident and crews have been working extremely hard to tackle what is clearly a very significant fire.

"The priority throughout this operation has been to protect life but salvage operations are also underway."

There is no further information at this time.


Friday 23 May 2014, 1.10pm

Firefighters are in attendance at an incident on Renfrew Street in Glasgow City Centre.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received 999 calls reporting a fire at the Macintosh Building shortly before 12:30pm.

Four appliances were immediately sent from Cowcaddens, Yorkhill and Maryhill fire stations and firefighters were on scene within four minutes.

This incident is ongoing. There is no further information at this time.