17.8.17 Glasgow fruit market fire.

30-08-2017

More than 400 workers evacuated after blaze took hold and quickly spread through the building

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service extinguished the major fire in Glasgow which engulfed large parts of one of the UK’s biggest wholesale food markets.

The fire took hold at Blochairn fruit market in eastern Glasgow at about 4am, as suppliers, traders and customers were starting work.  It spread quickly through offices on its upper floor. 

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed at 4pm that the blaze was under control, with crews looking for heat sources to put out any remaining fires at the site.

At the height of the fire, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service used twelve appliances and four aerial fire fighting platforms. 

Speed restrictions were imposed on the M8 motorway nearby, but later lifted.

More than 400 people who work at the market were evacuated and there were no reported casualties.  However, the blaze is expected to disrupt supplies of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish for hundreds of shops, restaurants and cafes in the Glasgow area and western Scotland.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

Resources used:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/17/firefighters-still-battling-to-subdue-fire-at-glasgow-fruit-market

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-40963976/dramatic-footage-of-glasgow-fruit-market-fire

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