Fire severely damages Hindu temple in Glasgow

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The fire broke out at the temple just after 2200 BST on Saturday

Scotland's largest Hindu temple has been damaged in a severe blaze in Glasgow's west end.

The fire at the Hindu Cultural Centre, on La Belle Place, broke out just after 2200 BST on Saturday.

Fire crews had to force their way into the building through ornate double doors to tackle the flames which had broken through the roof.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service and Strathclyde Police.

Firefighters from several local stations donned breathing apparatus before entering the building.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: "The rapid intervention and professionalism of the fire crews, aided and abetted by the command and control measures put in place, ensured that the blaze was confined to the cultural centre and did not spread to the adjoining residential properties."

About 40 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height, with some remaining at the scene on Sunday morning to damp down the fire.

The temple opened four years ago.

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