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Firefighters tackle major blaze at Glasgow flats

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Media captionMore than 60 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze

Sixty firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a block of flats in Glasgow.

The alarm was raised at Lancefield Quay, on the north bank of the Clyde, at 18:43.

The fire service sent 12 appliances to the "well-developed" fire in the second floor of the three-storey building. There were no reports of injuries.

Crews appeared to be containing the fire, which at one point saw flames shooting from the roof, but smoke was still billowing from the flats.

BBC reporter Graham Fraser said: "There were lots of flames earlier. Now I can see a hole, about 15m long in the roof of the building with smoke pouring out still."

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Image caption The fire destroyed part of the building's roof

One resident told the BBC she was sure the building would have to be demolished.

Sheena Anderson, who has lived in the block for 17 years, said her home had been destroyed.

"It will be demolished," she said. "They've got all the water that's coming down from the house above me.

"If a wee trickle comes, it pours down the walls, so my house will be demolished. Nothing surer. I can't believe it.

"I've got what I'm standing up in.

"OK, it could be worse, but that's a terrible fire. What caused it, they don't know."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Operations control mobilised 12 appliances to the city's Lancefield Quay where firefighters were met with a fire on the second floor of a three-storey building."

Glasgow City Council said Lancefield Quay, the main road that runs alongside the Clyde in Glasgow, had been closed between Elliot Street and Hydepark Street.

Residents of the building have been asked to go a local hotel, where support is being offered.

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