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Buildings evacuated after flats fire in Glasgow city centre

fire at York Street
Image caption People were cleared from the flats and from neighbouring buildings after the blaze broke out
Fire in York Street
Image caption The alarm was raised late on Sunday night
Fire in York Street
Image caption More than 40 firefighters were involved in bringing the flames under control
Fire in York Street
Image caption The sixth, seventh and eighth floors of the building were said to have been engulfed in flames

Buildings in Glasgow city centre were evacuated after a fire broke out in a block of flats overnight.

About 60 people were forced to leave the eight-storey building and neighbouring properties in York Street.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on the upper three floors at about 23:18 on Sunday.

All residents were accounted for. One woman was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said crews were confronted with an "intense fire" when they arrived at the scene.

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Media captionFootage of a fire burning in an eight-storey building in York Street, Glasgow

More than 40 firefighters battled through the night to bring the blaze under control before conducting salvage of affected flats.

Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, the incident commander, said: "Initial crews worked tirelessly in extreme conditions to extinguish this fire and minimise smoke and water damage. I would urge members of the public to note the importance of home fire safety.

"It is vital that every household should have smoke alarms, which should be checked regularly to make sure they are working properly."

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