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Tenement building collapses after minimarket fire in Glasgow.


Tenement building collapses after minimarket fire in Glasgow

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Image caption Fire fighters were called to the blaze before midnight on Sunday

A three-storey tenement building in Glasgow's southside has collapsed after a fire spread from a ground floor shop.

Several fire crews have been working through the night to tackle the blaze, which is now under control.

The fire has burned through the building on Albert Cross in Pollokshields from the ground floor to the roof.

Residents were evacuated from the building and one person has been treated for the effects of smoke.

Roads in the surrounding area were closed following the blaze which is thought to have started in the minimarket, Strawberry Garden, late on Sunday evening.

Albert Drive, Kenmure Street and several nearby roads have been cordoned off to traffic and are expected to remain closed for several hours.

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Offers of help came from a nearby school, St Albert's Primary, which offered shelter to families affected by the evacuation.  Presentational white space

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: "Operations Control mobilised a total of nine fire appliances and two height appliances to Albert Drive in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow.

"The fire had initially taken hold within a commercial premise and thereafter affected a number of dwelling flats above.

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Image caption Firefighters are dampening down the site

"Crews worked through the night to surround and contained the fire which, due to its severity, caused a partial collapse of the building."

Six fire appliances and two height appliances remain at the scene for an "extensive dampening down operation" which is expected to last throughout the day, she added.


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