Firefighters praised for "outstanding efforts" following Glasgow restaurant fire

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More than 20 firefighters worked to tackle a challenging fire in Glasgow's west end today.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 8.42am on Friday, June 8 to reports of a kitchen fire within a business premises on the city's Byres Road.

Operations Control mobilised a number of resources to the three-story building, where a fire had taken hold within the ground floor and basement of a restaurant.

Two casualties were treated by the Scottish Ambulance Service for minor smoke inhalation, with one person transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The first and second floor flats above the business premises were also evacuated as fire crews worked to prevent fire spread to nearby buildings.

Crews spent several hours tackling the fire, and remain on the scene as they work to make the area safe.

Garry MacKay is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's Group Manager for Glasgow City.

He said: “I would like to take this opportunity to praise the outstanding efforts of our firefighters in tackling this challenging fire, working quickly and effectively in arduous conditions.

“Our priorities were protecting the community from harm and preventing further damage to nearby homes and businesses.

“Quick, decisive and aggressive firefighting ensured that the fire was contained to one area, and our crews will remain at the scene until the area is made safe.”