Investigation into cause of Pollokshields fire is underway

Photo: John Devlin
Photo: John Devlin

Emergency services remain at the scene of a fire in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow.

Officers were called around 11.30pm on Sunday, 10 November, 2019, to a shop in Albert Drive, at the junction with Kenmure Street, following a report of a shop alight.

One man was treated for smoke inhalation and taken by ambulance to hospital as a precaution.

A number of residents were evacuated from their homes and the building, which included flats above, has since collapsed. The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service has conducted enquiries and do not believe anyone was inside at the time.

Inspector Mags Brennan, who is leading the police response, said: “While we appreciate the disruption to the local community, road closures are in place for safety reasons and will remain there for the foreseeable.

“While our partners are confident that there are no casualties, a joint investigation into the cause of the fire is underway with the fire service and further updates will be provided when available.”

SFRS Incident Commander, Deputy Assistant Chief Officer James McNeil, said: “This has undoubtedly been a challenging and protracted incident that required considerable resources to meet.

“Firstly, I would like to thank our crews for their efforts – working in difficult conditions throughout the night – in bringing this fire under control.

“I would also like to thank the community for their patience and support throughout the incident, and recognise the hard work put in by our partners, other emergency services and the local authority.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will continue to work alongside our Police Scotland colleagues to establish the full facts and circumstances of the fire.”

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “A rest centre is still in operation at Tramway where residents are being offered assistance and advice from our staff, and we will continue to liaise with the emergency services.

“Our building control officers are on site. Pollokshields Primary School and Pollokshields Early Years Centre are closed today and the staff will keep families updated with information.”