Firefighters tackle blaze at Inverclyde tenement

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No-one hurt in Gourock incident as crews fought the flames from inside and outside the building.

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Around 25 firefighters tackled a blaze at an Inverclyde tenement block during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 29 July).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Royal Street in Gourock shortly after 3am in response to the first of several 999 calls made by members of the public.

Two appliances from Gourock Community Fire Station were mobilised along with an aerial rescue pump from Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire and firefighters reached the scene within six minutes.

With the top floor of the three-storey tenement already well alight, crews moved to tackle the fire and search for anyone still inside.

Multiple high pressure water jets were used as firefighters surrounded the flames and battled the blaze from both inside and outside the building, with two further appliances sent from Greenock Community Fire Station to increase the resources at the scene.

Group Manager Albert Bruce, the incident commander, said: “This was a significant fire and the crews in attendance drew on their skill and experience to bring the flames under control.

“At the height of the incident we had 10 firefighters operating in breathing apparatus as a systematic search of the building confirmed everyone was accounted for.”

Officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit and Police Scotland attended the scene and will work closely to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Group Manager Bruce added: “Although we cannot comment on the specific circumstances of this incident any fire in a residential building should remind us all to take action to help protect ourselves and those around us.

“We all need to ensure our homes are protected by working smoke alarms as these are absolutely life-saving devices that give people early warning of an emerging danger.

“These should be placed on every level of a property and tested on a weekly basis to make sure that in the event of a fire people have as much time as possible to get to safety and call 999.”