Sauchiehall Street firefighters thanked by Minister Annabelle Ewing

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She tells how they worked hard to protect the community and historic buildings

Annabelle Ewing Thanking Firefighters

Frontline firefighters have been thanked by Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing for their tireless efforts to bring a significant fire in Glasgow city centre under control.

At the incident’s height, more than 120 firefighters attended Sauchiehall Street after the alarm was raised at 8.18am on Thursday, March 22.

Crews worked through challenging and dangerous conditions to contain and extinguish the fire, which had taken hold within a block of commercial properties.

While a number of buildings were damaged during the incident, the efforts of SFRS crews protected surrounding historic buildings.

The fire has now been extinguished, but firefighters remain on the scene to ensure the area remains safe.

Watch Manager Gordon Curran was in charge of the first crew of firefighters to arrive on the scene.

Five days on from the beginning of one of the most challenging operations of his career, the experienced firefighter has had time to reflect on his experience.

He saidFFs Working To Contain Sauchiehall Street Fire: “We’re quite proud of the fact we were able to contain the fire to that part of Sauchiehall Street and that there was no damage to other surrounding buildings.

“Through everyone working together and pulling in the same direction, we were able to bring the fire under control and stop it spreading further.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues for their support and also thank local businesses, who were supportive when it came to welfare and in particular also the Salvation Army.

“The Premier Inn hotel provided teas and coffees as the day went on – and for that support, we’re really grateful.”

Firefighter Liam Curran was also one of the first on the scene.

He said: “It was very difficult to get the fire under control – the conditions were very severe - but we train for these things and are prepared.

“It’s an incident I’ll remember for the rest of my career.”

They spoke after Ms Ewing visited firefighters at the scene of the fire on Tuesday morning.

She said: “I want to thank firefighters on behalf of the people of Glasgow and on behalf of the people of Scotland – their professionalism and heroism knows no bounds.

“Firefighters were presented with one of the biggest incidents the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has ever faced and they managed to contain this blaze under very challenging and complex circumstances.

“We have seen that the famous Pavilion Theatre has been saved for the people of Glasgow and, of course, Lauders public house.

“That is down to the outstanding professionalism of our Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and I must say it was a great privilege today for me to come here and thank firefighters for all they do to keep the people of Scotland safe.”