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Glasgow fire: Sauchiehall street blaze being tackled by firefighters

The blaze on Sauchiehall St (Twitter/@Tom_Celt)
The blaze on Sauchiehall St (Twitter/@Tom_Celt)

A huge fire has broken out in Glasgow city centre.

A section of Sauchiehall Street has been closed off as more than 120 firefighters work to bring the blaze under control.

Scottish Fire and Rescue have confirmed that everyone has been safely evacuated and there have been no casualties.

Residents are being advised to remain indoors and close their windows as a precaution.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay said: “Crews immediately and safely evacuated the occupants of several nearby buildings.

“We would urge the occupants of surrounding buildings to remain indoors and keep their windows closed due to the suspected presence of asbestos.”

Images on social media show thick smoke around Victoria’s Nightclub and Holland and Barrett.

The scene in Glasgow city centre (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

An SFRS spokesman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 8.18am to reports of a well-developed fire which had taken hold within the roof space of a commercial premises.

The scene on Sauchiehall St (Twitter/@Scott_Tominey)

“Operations control mobilised a number of fire engines to Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, where firefighters are currently on the scene working to extinguish the fire.”

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken has urged the public to stay away from the area and said the although the city is ‘shocked and concerned’, the most important thing is that everyone has been evacuated safely.

Iain Gordon, general manager of the Pavilion Theatre, said: “It’s getting worse, the flames are leaping out of the top now.

“Everybody is out of the area, they have all been evacuated.

“Our problem at the moment will be smoke damage because it’s gone right into the side of the building.

“We are very concerned about everything. The building has been there for a long time and is a major part of Glasgow.

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