8.3.17 Greenock Road in Scotland, closed by major factory fire.


Rush-hour traffic gridlock as blaze engulfed Greenock factory.

The A8 was closed in Greenock due to the factory fire which broke out in the early hours of the morning.

Six fire appliances were sent to the McKechnie Jess food processing factory in Port Glasgow Road when the alarm was raised.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said about 35 fire fighters tackled the blaze, and there were no casualties.

Diversions were in place, though HGVs were advised not to use these.

Inverclyde Council say their roads team had been advised by police and fire officers that disruption was expected to last until the afternoon.

The council stated that the B788 Kilmacolm to Greenock Road -- which was closed for some weeks for water pipe installation, was opened up in both directions under convoy.

Traffic was being diverted through Gibshill and there were major delays.

No one has been injured.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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