Huge fire and ‘two blasts’ in Glasgow, Firefighters still struggling to control the blaze

Glasgow: More than 50 firefighters have been called to control a massive fire at Blochairn Fruit Market in Glasgow.

Terrifying photos and video on social media show huge clouds of black smoke erupting from the city. People up to two miles away reported hearing at least two explosions as the fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.

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Speeding restrictions have been put in place on the M8 motorway as the smoke has engulfed the carriageway.

Firefighters are still struggling to get the fire under control seven hours after it started. Low water pressure is hampering their work. Paramedics are on the scene, although no casualties have been reported so far.

At least 12 fire engines are on the site. The blaze which is believed to have started at just before 4 am is still not under control. Witnesses report hearing the explosions at about 5am. Firefighters are also using three aerial platforms in an effort to get the fire under control.

The fruit market, which may have been filling up with traders, is in the north of the city and nearby homes have been blanketed in smoke.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “More than 40 firefighters are tackling a large fire in a two-storey warehouse on Blochairn Road. 12 appliances were mobilised to the scene after the alarm was raised at 3.45am. SFRS crew are using high powered hoses to tackle and contain the flames.”

The service then updated their information on Twitter, saying 50 firefighters were trying to contain the fire.

 

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