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Fire-hit landmark Glasgow Co-op building 'dangerous'

  • 11-30-2011

A landmark Glasgow building has been classified as a "dangerous" structure after fire ripped through it on Monday.

Glasgow City Council said building control officers had carried out an inspection of the former Co-op Funeral Service building in Morrison Street.

Two of the three buildings in the structure have been "gutted" with no floors from ground to fifth level. The third building is partially damaged.

Fire crews continued to "damp down" the site. No-one was injured in the blaze.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: "This is now a dangerous building, and our building control team are now looking to speak to the building owners and their representatives to take the situation forward."

Buildings evacuated

Emergency services were called to the scene, near the south bank of the River Clyde, at about 13:50 on Monday.

At its height, more than 100 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze.

Flames inside the five-storey building were sent more than 100ft into the air, causing smoke to blow across the M8 and M74 motorways.

Surrounding buildings were evacuated for several hours. Residents and businesses were allowed to return late on Monday night.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: "Firefighters are continuing dampening down operations at the Morrison Street incident.

"At present, we have one aerial rescue pump, one pump and two ground monitors working at the scene.

"A full investigation will be carried out in conjunction with our colleagues in Strathclyde Police."

Roads surrounding Morrison Street remain closed with diversions in place.

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