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Men jump to escape tenement blaze

  • 9-24-2012

Three men have been taken to hospital after jumping from a window in a burning tenement in Glasgow.

They jumped from the first floor of the building in Albert Drive in the Pollokshields area in the early hours of the morning.

The men, who are aged 32, 60 and 61, are all in a stable condition in the city's Victoria Infirmary.

Three other people were helped from the building and six others from a nearby property.

Investigations are underway into the cause of the blaze, which started at about 02:20 in a basement of the four-storey building.

Everyone who was inside at the time has been accounted for.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: "On arrival the fire crews were faced with a chaotic scene, with a fierce fire within the basement and a number of residents shouting for help at the windows of their flats in the upper floors as thick black smoke entered their flats from the fire below.

"The incident commander immediately sent firefighters wearing breathing apparatus with main firefighting water jets to tackle the fire in the basement, battling through intense heat and smoke to find and extinguish the fire while other firefighters rescued the residents from their flats using fires service ladders.

"At the height of the blaze 35 firefighters fought the blaze with eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus using two main firefighting jets to tackle the fire and search for any missing persons."

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue's Assistant Chief Officer Robert Scott attended the scene and praised the actions of the crews who dealt with the fire.

He said: "Basement fires are notoriously difficult to deal with due to the enclosed nature of the area on fire, and the build up of heat and smoke, firefighters have to call upon all of their training and expertise to tackle such fires successfully."

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