Glasgow & West Scotland

Firefighters tackle community centre blaze in Blantyre

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Media captionFire rips through Blantyre Miners Welfare

About 40 firefighters have been tackling an early-morning blaze at a community resource centre in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was first alerted to the incident at the Miners Welfare building in Calder Street at about 01:48.

Eight fire engines, including two aerial appliances, were sent to the scene.

There were no reports of any injuries.

South Lanarkshire Council said Auchinraith Primary, which is close to the scene of the fire, would be closed on Monday. Calderside Academy was open as usual.

In statement posted on Twitter, Ged Killen, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, said: "Blantyre Miners Welfare is a local institution that is close to the hearts of everyone in my constituency."

"I know the entire community will be as deeply as distressed as I am to hear the news of what appears to be a serious fire overnight in the Community Resource Centre."

Image copyright Jane McArdle
Image copyright Jane McArdle