Renfrew tyre fire: Massive blaze 'started deliberately'
- 11 July 2014
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
A massive fire at a tyre recycling depot in Renfrewshire was started deliberately, police have said.
About 75 firefighters worked through the night to contain the blaze at the facility at Meadowside Street, Renfrew, on the banks of the River Clyde,
They responded to a high number of 999 calls at about 22:00 on Thursday, after a huge plume of black smoke drifted across Renfrewshire and Glasgow.
There are no reports of any injuries and the blaze is now under control.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "Inquiries are continuing, however we are treating it as wilful at this time."
Incident commander William MacDonald, group manager at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said the operation to fully extinguish the blaze was ongoing.
"Crews working through the night successfully brought the fire under control but this is a protracted incident," he said.
"Firefighting operations are continuing and will likely be ongoing for some time.
"We currently have two high-volume pumps and four standard appliances in attendance. All relief crews are now in place with about 30 firefighters still on scene."
About 75 firefighters spent the night tackling the blaze. This figure was scaled back to 55 and later 30 firefighters.
At its height, a total of 15 fire appliances and three specialist vehicles were involved in the operation.
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Fire crews quickly attended the scene and were faced with a severe fire within an industrial recycling establishment.
"Due to the size and nature of the blaze, the incident commander requested the attendance of additional resources."
Although the immediate area is mainly home to industrial units, the fire service advised residents in the area to keep their windows closed due to the large plume of smoke.
Police were also at the scene to keep onlookers away and put road closures in place.
As the huge plumes filled the skyline over Renfrewshire, to the west of Glasgow, people from areas around the city took photos and video of the fire.