5.3.17 Govan car scrap yard fire leaves thousands without power


A fire at a scrap yard in Glasgow sent a huge plume of smoke above the city and left about 3,000 homes without power.

The blaze at Japanese Autoparts, in Helen Street, near Ibrox Stadium, broke out on Sunday 5th March 2017.

Scottish Power said one of its buildings was involved in the fire, which was still burning on Monday morning, and power was shut off in the area as fire crews assessed the damage.  Power has now been restored to customers. 

At its peak, about 50 fire fighters tackled the blaze.  Four appliances and an aerial rescue pump were mobilised to Helen Street in Govan, where the fire broke out.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's deputy assistant chief officer, Peter Heath, stated: Fire fighters were engaged in a fire that has engulfed a building which is approximately 100 metres by 40 metres with a large yard in the back full of tyres, which were involved in the fire.  At one side of the building which was on fire is an electrical substation which supplies a significant part of Glasgow and Govan area and at the other side there is a large storage facility.

Earlier on Sunday, pictures were posted on social media of smoke billowing high above Glasgow.  The large plume of smoke could be seen from several miles away, and explosions could be heard from the vicinity.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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