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UK News Terrified Pollokshields residents woken by sound of horror inferno and smell of burning plastic

20:15  11 november  2019
20:15  11 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Fire on Albert Drive in Glasgow sees 11 fire engines sent to tackle blaze

  Fire on Albert Drive in Glasgow sees 11 fire engines sent to tackle blaze The fire took hold of the building late on Sunday night.Scottish Fire and Rescue deployed 11 fire crews to the scene after the blaze broke out on Albert Drive, in the Pollokshields area of the city, at 11.

Shocked Pollokshields residents were woken by the noise of a horror inferno that ended in the collapse of a building in Glasgow .

Flames engulfed a a block of flats in Albert Drive after the Strawberry and Spice Garden grocery shop went up in flames at 11.30pm on Sunday evening.

Fire crews at the scene of the huge blaze on Sunday night © PA Fire crews at the scene of the huge blaze on Sunday night

More than 60 fire fighters rushed to the scene to tackle the blaze at 11.50pm.

Residents were evacuated from their homes after waking to the smell of burning plastic and the sound of crackling flames.

The building collapsed at 5.49am on Monday morning leaving debris strewn all over the streets.

Residents evacuated as Glasgow tenement blaze causes building's partial collapse

  Residents evacuated as Glasgow tenement blaze causes building's partial collapse Residents were evacuated as firefighters worked through the night tackling a blaze in a tenement which caused a partial collapse of the building. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Emergency services were called to reports of a fire at the Strawberry and Spice Garden grocery in Albert Drive, Glasgow, at around 11.30pm on Sunday. Nine fire engines and two height appliances were sent to tackle the blaze, which was so severe it caused a par Roads in the area were closed as emergency services dealt with the incident in the Pollokshields area of the city.

a close up of an old building: A well-known building in the Pollokshields area collapsed as a result of the devastating fire © Daily Record A well-known building in the Pollokshields area collapsed as a result of the devastating fire

One man was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Neighbour Fahad Iqbal also rushed out his home on Keir Avenue after the smell of burning plastic seeped into his flat.

He told the Daily Record: “I could barely leave the flat because my close was just completely engulfed in smoke.

“When I got out to the block of flats, firefighters were trying frantically to get into Cogna Jewellers, but it was the completely wrong shop.

“Then there was just this complete outburst of flames that blew out the side of the building.

“I stayed out until about 2am and just watched the rest from my window. The collapse of the building sounded more like a demolition rather than a loud bang - it was like the sound of rubble crashing into a skip.

Albert Drive fire in Glasgow causes building collapse and homes to be evacuated

  Albert Drive fire in Glasgow causes building collapse and homes to be evacuated One person was rushed to hospital after a large building fire broke out in Pollokshields area of Glasgow at around 11.30pm on Sunday night. Police and fire crews rushed to , in the Pollokshields area of the city, around 11.30pm on Sunday, November 10.

“I’ve lived in Pollokshields for 30 years and the buildings collapse has now left an eyesore in the area. It played such a big part in Pollokshields."

Nicola Sturgeon walking down a street holding an umbrella: Nicola Sturgeon meets with Pollokshields residents during her visit to the scene of Sunday night's fire © Daily Record Nicola Sturgeon meets with Pollokshields residents during her visit to the scene of Sunday night's fire

Gail McNichol had been sleeping when the flames had started to take hold of the block of flats.

“My daughter woke me up as soon as she saw what was going on outside”, she told the Daily Record.

“You couldn’t really see much because everything was just covered in smoke - you could barely see anything out the back court and the close last night.

“I just came out here today to make sure that everyone was okay.”

a group of people walking down the street: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with fire crews in Pollokshields © Daily Record First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with fire crews in Pollokshields

Resident Sayed Sadwar told the Daily Record that he was first alerted to the fire through a live broadcast on social media.

Nicola Sturgeon says 'it's a dark day for Pollokshields' as she visits scene of fire and building collapse

  Nicola Sturgeon says 'it's a dark day for Pollokshields' as she visits scene of fire and building collapse The blaze has devastated part of the First Minister's constituency and she has been there today offering support after a building collapsed. The First Minister visited the devastating scene in Albert Drive, Pollokshields, where a building has collapsed after being engulfed by fire.

He said: “My friend put up a Facebook Live just before she was told to leave her home by firefighters.

“I live a few doors up and I could hear the emergency crews tackling the fire. You could see that it was just getting worse as the time went by.

“It’s pretty sad for the owners of the shops and the flats that have been completely gutted. Plus there’s loads of folk who can’t get access to their business today.”

Glasgow Southside MSP Nicola Sturgeon also visited the site on Monday morning.

The First Minister of Scotland branded the incident as a “dark day for Pollokshields”.

a close up of a busy city street: Fire crews continue to tackle the blaze more than 12 hours after the first reports of the large building blaze © Daily Record Fire crews continue to tackle the blaze more than 12 hours after the first reports of the large building blaze

She said: “I have to pay thanks to the fire service for being incredible for what they’ve done overnight in ensuring that no one was seriously injured.

“It has been an absolute tragedy for everyone in Pollokshields.

"People have lost their homes, a number of businesses have been affected and a number of people have lost an iconic part of the community.

"My thoughts are with everybody who has been affected.

“Obviously as a local MSP I stand ready to offer any advice and assistance I can.

“This is a dark day for Pollokshields and everybody affected is very much in my thoughts.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Incident Commander, DACO James McNeil said: "This has undoubtedly been a challenging and protracted incident that required considerable resources to meet.”

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