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Flats fire in East Kilbride 'started deliberately'

Police investigating a fire in a four-storey block of flats in South Lanarkshire have said it was started deliberately.

Ten people were rescued after the blaze in a second-floor property in Glen Moy in St Leonards in East Kilbride.

Fire crews were called to the scene at about 03:30. No-one was injured but two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Strathclyde Police said it was being treated as "wilful fireraising".

Det Insp John Shaw said early investigations has shown that the fire was started deliberately.

He added: "Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident however, if it was not for the swift action of the occupants and the emergency services then we may have been dealing with serious injuries or even fatalities."

The police and the fire service are carrying out a joint investigation.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to reach residents trapped in the flats above the blaze.

Group commander Stephen Scott, from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This fire had trapped a number of people in their homes on the upper floors, however the decisive actions taken by our fire fighters when they arrived at the scene meant that the danger was quickly averted, and those trapped inside could be led to safety unharmed."

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