Crews respond to fire in Glasgow tenement

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Residents of neighbouring properties were evacuated as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

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At approximately 10pm Thursday (26 June 2014) the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) received multiple calls to a house fire in Maxwell Road within the Pollokshields area of Glasgow.

Two crews were immediately mobilised from nearby Polmadie Community Fire Station.  On arrival they were faced with a well-developed fire in the top floor and roof space of a three storey tenement building.  At the time it was not known if any residents were inside the flats.

After initial assessment the incident commander quickly requested additional resources from Calton Community Fire Station as well as from Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service.  Crews wearing breathing apparatus immediately began tackling the fire from inside the building, whilst a high reach appliance was being set up to provide an external water tower.

The main fire was quickly extinguished as crews contained the spread of fire within the roof space.  All residents within the immediate vicinity were evacuated to safety and one woman received a precautionary check up from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Station Manager Tungatt, the incident commander, said: “This was an extremely challenging incident with the spread of fire from the flat to the roof space and crews were faced with extreme heat and the possibility of persons still located within the flat. The crews worked extremely well to tackle the blaze and quickly get it under control.”

At present the cause of the fire is unknown and a joint investigation is being carried out by the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit and Police Scotland.

The incident shows how fire can strike anywhere and is a clear reminder of the need for everyone to take action to reduce the risk of injuries – or worse – if a fire was to happen to them.

Firefighters routinely help householders take steps to make sure they would have early warning of a house fire and be able to get to safety, as well as providing advice to prevent fires happening in the first place.

The popular Free Home Fire Safety Visit programme is easy to arrange and is provided by SFRS crews in every community in the country.

To join Scotland’s fight against fire and arrange a visit, call the freephone number 0800 0731 999, text ‘check’ to 61611 or complete the online form at