Glasgow & West Scotland

Five rescued after Glasgow restaurant fire

Scene of the fire
Image caption It took 11 engines and 70 firefighters to bring the blaze under control

A family of five, including a young child, were rescued from a top floor flat after a fire in a restaurant below their home in Glasgow city centre.

It took 11 engines and 70 firefighters to bring the blaze, at The Steak and Cherry restaurant on Sauchiehall Street, under control.

The fire started at about 2300 GMT on Tuesday in the kitchen area, spreading quickly to the upper floors and roof.

Those rescued were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary as a precaution.

They were later discharged.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said the first crews to the scene had been faced with a "rapidly developing fire involving the restaurant itself and spreading to occupied residential tenement flats above".

"Due to the construction of these property types, hidden fire spread via enclosed voids and spaces, and they are notoriously difficult and dangerous for crew to tackle" he said.

"These initial crews had to deal simultaneously with the original fire, its spread to the upper floors and more immediately, a family trapped by smoke in their top floor flat."

Two males, two females and a child were rescued by firefighters using fire service ladders.

Area commander Garry Milne commended the firefighters involved describing it as a "textbook ladder rescue".

Premises and flats on either side of the affected part of the building were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

A joint investigation into the cause of the blaze will be carried out by Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and Strathclyde Police.

Fire crews are still in attendance and traffic diversions have been put in place.

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