Multiple crews tackle Barrhead blaze

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FIRE crews faced a long battle at a Barrhead industrial park on Friday as a large fire ripped through one of its buildings.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) teams from Barrhead, Pollok and Paisley stations were mobilised around 2.30pm after receiving reports of a fire at Shanks industrial park.

Crews arrived in minutes to find the single-storey unit ablaze, and immediately called for back up from the SFRS technical support team, due to suspected asbestos within the building.

At the height of the blaze, 40 firefighters – from East Renfrewshire, Glasgow city, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, SoutH Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire – were involved, using high pressure main water jets to bring it under control.

Crews were still on the scene by late Friday morning, and area manager Paul Tanzilli, the senior officer for East Ren, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, commented: “This was a large scale fire that required the full professionalism and skill of our crews.

“Facing a number of challenging factors, they responded quickly and effectively to bring the fire under control.”

According to SFRS, the building sustained “significant damage”, and will now be examined by building control officers from East Renfrewshire council, to determine the safety of the structure.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.