Twelve people rescued from Glasgow flat fire

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Appliances from Polmadie and Calton were sent to the scene of the blaze in Chapman Street


At just before 6am on Sunday (24 August) Johnstone Control received several calls reporting a fire in the first floor flat of a four-storey tenement building in Chapman Street, Govanhill, Glasgow.

It was confirmed that there were still families trapped within the building.

Three appliances were immediately dispatched from nearby Polmadie and Calton Community fire stations.

Prior to their arrival control room staff provided reassurance and valuable fire survival guidance to the trapped occupants.

On arrival, after quickly assessing the scene, the Incident Commander immediately requested additional fire service support and also confirmed that Police and Ambulance were en route.

Two crew members wearing breathing apparatus and a hosereel jet were quickly dispatched to tackle the fire whilst four other firefighters carried out a systematic search of the building to rescue the trapped occupants. A fire service ladder was also used to rescue a family of three from their flat.

The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes of the crews being mobilised and a total of twelve members of the public were rescued to safety, all suffering from slight or moderate smoke inhalation. They received medical attention from paramedics at the scene.

Shortly before 8.30am all neighbouring occupants of the building were returned to their homes.

Watch Manager David Reid added: “We arrived and were immediately faced with a well-developed fire within the storage cupboard in the common close. There was heavy smoke logging within the close affecting the means of escape for the residents.

“I committed six firefighters in breathing apparatus to tackle the fire and facilitate rescues in the building. Firefighters also rescued two adults and a child from a first floor flat using a ladder.

“They quickly extinguished the fire using a two high pressure water jet and assisted those residents who had self evacuated."

He continued: “Twelve residents were treated by paramedics at the scene but none of the residents were taken to hospital.

The incident is being treated as a wilful fire raising. Anyone who could possibly assist Police Scotland with their enquiries is asked to call either them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

Fire in common closes pose a significant risk to life in these type of premises and residents are urged to ensure no combustible material is stored within their common closes. Where there are storage rooms within the closes these should be kept locked at all times to prevent this type of incident occurring.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that home fire safety visits, including the fitting of smoke detectors where required are available FREE of charge. 

To join Scotland’s fight against fire and register for a free home fire safety visit call 0800 0731 999, text ‘check’ to 61611, fill out a form at or contact your local fire station.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would also like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that Home Fire Safety Visits, including the fitting of smoke detectors where required, are available free of charge. 

These visits can be arranged by contacting the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's freephone number 0800 0731 999 or by visiting the website at