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Residents Re-housed


04/05/16




























Shocked residents of a block of luxury flats in Thorntonhall watched in horror as a blaze ripped the roof off their building.

The fire, which quickly became intense, started in a top floor flat in the plush Bishops Gate estate at around 5.30pm on Friday.

The blaze spread rapidly and raged on for five-and-a-half hours before firefighters managed to get it under control.


Six apartments in the fire-ravaged three-storey building were evacuated when police and fire crews arrived at the scene.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known but police have ruled out any foul play.

No one was injured but one elderly man was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.


Owners of the properties, valued at around £280,000, have been moved to temporary accommodation while the structural damage to the building is assessed.

It is unclear at this stage whether they will be allowed to return to their homes.

Neighbours described the fire damage as “horrendous” and “devastating”.


A spokesman for the Scottish Fire Service said: “At 5.26pm on April 29 two fire appliances from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were mobilised to reports of a fire in a three-storey building in the Thorntonhall area after several calls were received at SFRS Fire Control Johnstone.

“On arrival the incident commander identified a rapidly developing fire situation and requested an additional two appliances be mobilised to the incident.

“Eight firefighters using two main water jets and two hose reel jets attacked the fire from inside the building.

“Despite efforts to extinguish the fire the building structure began to show signs of instability and the decision was taken to fight the fire externally using a specialist height appliance.

“The cause of the fire will be the subject of an investigation and there is no further information available at this time.”