Fire scare closes Buchanan Galleries shopping centre

Buchanan Galleries fire Fire crews have been at Buchanan Galleries since just before 11:00

Retailers at one of Glasgow's largest shopping centres are counting the cost of lost business after a fire resulted in it being closed for most of the day.

Buchanan Galleries, on Buchanan Street, was evacuated at about 10:40 on Friday after a blaze broke out in a cavity wall on the ground floor.

Fire crews advised centre management by mid-afternoon that it would not re-open. No-one was injured in the blaze.

Buchanan Galleries had been due to stay open until 18:00.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it received reports at about 10:40 of an automated alarm activating in the centre and smoke being visible within the building.

Following the evacuation, crews "identified a deep-seated fire within the structure and began work to access and extinguish it".

Police are currently in attendance for traffic and crowd control.

As well as the centre, several commercial properties on Sauchiehall Street have been closed as the operation continues.

Glasgow City Council building control officers are at the scene and the fire service said the incident was "likely to be ongoing for some time".

A statement from the shopping centre said: "We can confirm a fire has broken out in a cavity wall on the ground floor of Buchanan Galleries.

"Fire service remain on site and have advised that Buchanan Galleries will not reopen on Friday 23 August."

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