FIREFIGHTERS rescued five people from the upper floors of a four-storey tenement block in Glasgow’s Southside on Wednesday night (24 June).
Three others jumped from the building’s first floor prior to the arrival of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews at the incident in Mannering Road in Shawlands, which began shortly after 9:30pm.
First responders reached the scene within four minutes of being mobilised in response to a 999 call.
Station Manager Scott Murray said: “Our crews arrived to find an already well-developed fire in a ground floor property and thick smoke affecting the floors above.
“Eight firefighters in breathing apparatus were committed to the building to tackle the fire and conduct a systematic search.
“Three adults and two children were rescued by firefighters using ladders. The five appeared to be suffering from slight smoke inhalation and they received treatment from paramedics.”
Ambulances took six people to the South Glasgow University Hospital and, after extinguishing the fire and ensuring everyone was accounted for, the SFRS crews used a thermal imaging camera and conducted extensive cutting away to check for hidden fire spread.
Mr Murray added: “None of us can ever afford to think fire is something that can only happen to other people – it really can strike anywhere and this incident shows how quickly neighbouring properties can become affected.”