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Firefighters tackle blaze at Strathclyde University

Fire in the Weir Building at Strathclyde University
Image caption Firefighters were called to the Weir Building at Strathclyde University

More than 50 firefighters have tackled a major blaze at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Crews were called to the James Weir Building in Montrose Street at about 19:16.

It houses part of the engineering faculty and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said the presence of hazardous chemicals complicated their operations.

There were no reports of injuries. Neighbouring buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

A statement on the university's Facebook page said: "All classes in the James Weir Building on Wednesday 8 February have been cancelled. This is due to a fire which broke out in the building earlier tonight.

"Students will have access to other university facilities as normal and we will keep you up to date with developments throughout the day."

Montrose Street was closed to all traffic between Cathedral Street and George Street and motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Jim Doyle, from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, said: "Firefighters fought through acrid smoke and intense heat in an extremely complex building with interlinking corridors to fight this fire. "

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