Residents rescued from a tenement fire in Glasgow
23 November 2015
A total of 15 residents were rescued
The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service was called to a fire in Lendel Place, Glasgow at 4.10am yesterday morning (22 November).
Upon arrival at the scene, local fire crews from Govan, Polmadie, Maryhill and Knightswood community fire stations were faced with a well-developed fire in a basement flat of a four storey tenement building with residents on upper floors attempting to escape smoke and flames.
With a total of six fire appliances (25 Firefighters) at the scene, crews immediately attended to rescuing a total of 15 residents from the effected property, some of whom were taken down by ladders, with the fire also being extinguished.
The Incident Commander for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Group Manager Brian Winter said: "Fire crews were met with a well-developed fire in a basement, which made conditions very challenging for them. Given the severity of this fire and the complications it presented, the quick actions of the crews in carrying out these rescues ensured that casualty numbers were kept to a minimum and the fire damage to the building itself was mainly restricted to the basement property".
A total of eight residents were taken to hospital suffering from varying levels of smoke inhalation and a further ten residents were taken by Police Scotland to a local authority rest centre until the property is safe to return to.
The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown and a full joint investigation is being carried out by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland.