09 January 2012
12 Evacuated in Glasgow City Centre Fire
SFR crews battle 'arduous' basement blaze
A TOTAL of 12 people were evacuated from a block of flats in
Glasgow city centre this morning, after Strathclyde Fire &
Rescue crews were called to a basement fire in Argyle Street.
The first call was received at 7.41am, with reports of a
fire at a commercial property . Firefighters from Cowcaddens,
Yorkhill, and Maryhill attended the incident and were
confronted with a well-developed fire and heavy smoke in the
basement and first floor of the property.
On assessing the severity of the incident, the incident
commander quickly called for additional resources and crews from
Calton, Maryhill, Springburn, Govan and Milngavie also
Firefighters using breathing apparatus and jets tackled
the blaze, while 12 people were evacuated from flats
above the property as a precautionary measure. The fire has now
been extinguished and thermal imaging cameras are currently being
used to check surrounding properties for possible fire spread.
Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Jim Doyle said:
"On arriving at the scene, firefighters quickly led 12
people to safety from the flats above the affected building.
Basement fires are, by their nature, arduous and incredibly
dangerous. The crews who were involved in this incident did an
incredible job in battling through intense smoke to tackle the fire
in such extreme conditions to ensure it was extinguished as quickly
A joint investigation into the cause of the blaze is
currently being conducted by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and