Demolition work starts after Pollokshields tenement fire

Day 2 of the fire  in Albert Drive. (Photo: John Devlin)
Day 2 of the fire in Albert Drive. (Photo: John Devlin)

Demolition work has begun on a tenement building in Glasgow’s Pollokshields area after it partially collapsed in a fire.

The fire on Albert Street was believed to have started in Strawberry & Spice Garden grocery below the flats around 11.30pm on Sunday, November 10.

The building collapsed around six hours later, destroying the shop and two flats.

More than 40 homes near the building were evacuated and cordoned off for several days.

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No one was seriously injured but one man was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

An exclusion zone was put in place around the site and cut off about 20 flats and more than 20 businesses, including a pharmacy, until Friday. Nine of the businesses on Albert Drive remain inaccessible.

Glasgow City Council said it had taken control of the site on Friday (november 15) and would work with demolition experts over the weekend to make the site safe.

The initial demolition work will be done by hand from an elevated platform to try and preserve the surrounding properties, including two jewellers shops.