Firefighters rescued eight from block of flats in Glasgow blaze

Firefighters rescued eight from block of flats in Glasgow blaze

Fire crews battled to save eight people in a Glasgow block of flats during the early hours of Sunday morning.

The residents, stuck on the fifth floor, were eventually rescued with the use of high-reach appliances.

Two children were among those trapped, although nobody suffered serious injury. Paramedics were on site, but said that nobody needed to be taken to hospital.

Although it is not yet known what started the fire in the block, located in the east end of Glasgow, it necessitated the evacuation of 130 people to a local school.

More than forty firefighters faced a well-developed fire in the roof space of the five-storey block of flats, following a call to emergency services at 1.25am.

A full investigation is underway to discover what was behind the blaze.

Firefighters entered the building using breathing apparatus, then used water jets from two high-reach appliances to combat the fire.

Incident Commander David Proctor said: “The rapid actions of the initial attending fire crews at the scene ensured that rescues were carried out quickly and that is the reason in this particular instance there are no casualties.

“This was a well-developed fire which had spread into the roof space of a building measuring 20 metres by 30 metres and this can present many complications for fire crews.”

Fire crews remained on site for some time to damp down the the debris of the blaze.

In a bid to remove potential fire hazards, commercial buildings and non-domestic premises in Scotland are already forced to carry out a fire safety risk assessment under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 in conjunction with the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the enforcing authority has the power to prosecute the Dutyholder.

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