Fire rips through Sauchiehall Street building

February 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Firefighters were still monitoring the building 12 hours after the fire destroyed a restaurant, the roof and several flats.

Firefighters were still monitoring the building 12 hours after the fire destroyed a restaurant, the roof and several flats.

A Sauchiehall Street building, gutted by fire, was still being monitored more than 12 hours later.
Strathclyde firefighters saved four adults and a child from the top flat of the property in what Area Commander, Garry Milne described as: “A classic textbook ladder rescue”.
Believed to have started around 11pm on Tuesday 8 February in the kitchen of The Steak & Cherry Restaurant – normally open till 4am to serve clubbers – the fire quickly spread to the upper floors and the roof space of the tenement. A major hazard was the threat of hidden fires spreading via enclosed voids and spaces in a traditional building of that type.
Surrounding flats were evacuated and overnight accommodation found for those displaced.
At the height of the blaze 11 engines including two with high reach capability, and 70 firefighters, were in attendance.
The fire was under control by 8am but smoke could still be seen drifting from the building at 12 noon on Wednesday when it was still being closely monitored.
Traffic which would normally enter that part of Sauchiehall Street from Charing Cross, was diverted.

How the blaze looked at the early stages.

How the blaze looked at the early stages.