Glasgow & West Scotland

Eight rescued from fire at Dennistoun flats

The fire was well-developed when firefighters arrived at the flats
Image caption The fire was well-developed when firefighters arrived at the flats

Fire crews have rescued eight people from the fifth floor of a block of flats in the east end of Glasgow.

Two children were among those taken to safety after the fire broke out at a property in Hillfoot Street, Dennistoun, just before 01:30.

Firefighters were met with a well-developed fire in the roof space of the five-storey building, at the junction of Roslea Drive.

A total of 130 people were taken from the building during the evacuation.

They were initially moved to a local school.

Fire crews used special high-reach appliances to bring eight residents, including two children, to safety.

Those rescued were checked over by paramedics but nobody needed to go to hospital.

A full investigation is under way into what caused the blaze.

Incident Commander David Proctor said: "The rapid actions of the initial attending fire crews at the scene ensured that rescues were carried out quickly and that is the reason in this particular instance there are no casualties.

Image caption The fire left the roof of the building badly damaged

"This was a well-developed fire which had spread into the roof space of a building measuring 20 metres by 30 metres and this can present many complications for fire crews."