SHOCK AS FIRE RIPS THROUGH WEST END CHIPPY
Flats evacuated as firefighters battle blaze at popular restaurant
A STREET was sealed off and dozens of people evacuated when a fire broke out in a Glasgow fish and chip restaurant.
Eleven fire engines battled to bring the blaze under control, as thick, black smoke engulfed the bustling West End shopping area.
Old Saltys, on Byres Road, had closed earlier this week due to “ventilation issues”.
DOZENS of people were forced to flee their flats yesterday after a fire broke out at a fish and chip restaurant.
The flames raged in Byres Road, in Glasgow’s West End, just before 9am.
Thick, black smoke was seen billowing above the bustling area as firefighters, police and ambulance crews rushed to the blaze at Old Salty’s. Flats on the first and second floors of the threestorey building were evacuated.
Glasgow City Council closed Byres Road to all traffic between Highburgh Road and Great Western Road as about 11 appliances battled to bring the flames under control.
The fire broke out in the chippy’s kitchen and two people, believed to be men, had to be treated at the scene by ambulance crews. One was later taken to hospital.
Old Salty’s had closed earlier this week, citing “ventilation issues” as being behind the venue having to shut on Sunday and Monday.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were alerted at 8.42am to reports of a kitchen fire within a business premises.
“Operations control immediately mobilised a number of fire engines and an aerial unit to the building, where firefighters tackled a fire on the ground floor.
“Two casualties were
treated by the Scottish Ambulance Service for minor smoke inhalation, and the first and second floor flats were evacuated.”
Crews remained at the scene for most of yesterday afternoon ensuring the area was made safe.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 8.46am. We dispatched a paramedic response unit and an ambulance to the scene.
“One male patient was transported to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”
Police also said its officers were alerted to the incident at about 8.50am and that a joint investigation would be carried out with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of the blaze.
The street was sealed off as firefighters moved in to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the kitchen
Firefighters stand by as the scene remains taped off
Firefighters donned breathing equipment before moving in to put out the flames
Firefighters take a break as the heat from the blaze and the strong sunshine leave them looking a little weary
Smoke billowed into nearby streets
Job done, as a firefighter leaves the chippy
... as a television crew films the drama
Smoke pours from the restaurant...