Residents escape tenement flat fire

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A GROUP of men were taken to hospital on Monday after jumping from the window of a burning tenement flat.

Strathclyde fire and rescue were called out at 2.35am and a section of Albert Drive was closed to traffic as a team of 35 battled the blaze.

The trio, trapped on the first floor of the Albert Drive property, escaped by jumping out of a window facing onto the back garden.

The fire service reported another four people being rescued from floors above using ladders, as well as six others being evacuated from a nearby residence as a precaution.

Everyone inside the building at the time of the blaze was accounted for.

The three men hospitalised – aged 32, 60 and 61 – were said to be in stable condition at the Victoria Infirmary.

The fire started in the basement of the four-storey tenement, and eight firefighters were sent into the building using breathing apparatus and main water jets to extinguish the blaze.

Assistant chief officer Robert Scott, who attended the scene, praised the efforts of the crews who dealt with the incident.

He commented: “Basement fires are notoriously difficult to deal with due to the enclosed nature of the area on fire, and the build up of heat and smoke.

“Firefighters have to call upon all of their training and expertise to tackle such fires successfully”.

A joint investigation into the cause of the incident will be launched by Strathclyde fire and rescue and Strathclyde police.

Responding to the news online, Pollokshields councillor David Meikle tweeted: “There has been an issue with fire raising in (the) area. Worrying if deliberate”.

He told The Extra: “I was shocked to hear about the fire, and trust the fire service and police will work hard to try and ascertain the reason for the fire, and if it was deliberate there is a determined effort to catch those responsible.

“This incident follows recent cases of fire raising in the East Pollokshields area. Residents complained about bins and rubbish being set on fire and I raised this with the relevany agencies.

“There is a worrying problem of fire raising and it needs nipped in the bud”.