High flats fire danger thanks to van­dals

Paisley Daily Express - - Paisley’s Past -

The lives of peo­ple who lived in a block of high flats in Pais­ley were put in danger – be­cause of van­dals.

This was re­vealed af­ter a fire gut­ted the liv­ing room of a sixth-floor flat at Waver­ley Court, the SSHA multi-storey block in Foxbar.

Fire­men tack­ling the blaze were de­layed for what could have proved vi­tal min­utes if lives had been threat­ened, we re­ported in Septem­ber 1979.

Van­dals had knocked out es­sen­tial fire­fight­ing equipment on the fifth floor.

The land­ings of the flats con­tained pipes that could be fed with wa­ter from a ten­der at ground level.

But when fire­men con­nected a hose to the fifth floor out­let, wa­ter sprayed ev­ery­where, ex­cept through the hose.

They had to dis­con­nect the equipment and haul it up to the sixth floor be­fore they could start to fight the fire.

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