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Glasgow Hydro fire: Crews tackle blaze in domed roof

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Media captionA firefighter battles the Glasgow Hydro blaze from the top of a ladder

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the construction site of the £125m Glasgow Hydro venue on the banks of the River Clyde.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called out at about 15:20.

Five appliances and 40 firefighters were called to the scene and smoke and flames were seen coming from the edge of the domed roof of the building.

The 12,000 seat arena had been scheduled to open in September, with a performance by Rod Stewart.

Image caption Burning debris was seen dropping from the edge of the building

The fire has caused damage to the roof and burning debris was falling from the top of the building.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the fire developed in the the roof space of the building, which is currently under construction.

He added: "In recognising the complexity of the structure in relation to where the fire was located the incident commander immediately requested additional special 'High Reach' appliances to attack the fire."

There were no report of any casualties and the cause of the blaze is not yet known.

The Hydro will be part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) complex in Glasgow.

SECC chief executive John Sharkey said later on Saturday afternoon that the fire had been brought under control, and it was too early to say what impact the fire would have on the construction project.

He added: "The building contractor, Lend Lease, will have to assess the fire and water damage and then work out what remediation measures are needed to bring the project to completion."

In addition to Rod Stewart, artists lined up to play the arena include Jessie J, Peter Gabriel and Simple Minds.

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