Bridge fire put lives at risk
Fears after yobs set rubbish alight
Thugs started a fire in Rutherglen, putting lives at risk just hours after the horrific blaze at Grenfell Tower in London.
They set alight a pile of rubbish underneath the railway bridge on Queen Street in the town.
The blaze sent thick plumes of black smoke into the sky over the Burgh shortly after 10pm on Wednesday, June 14.
Three fire engines had to be sent to bring the flames under control while an engineer from Network Rail was also needed to check the safety of the bridge.
Resident Claire Elizabeth spotted the fire as she walked along the Main Street.
She said: “I didn’t see much other than the smoke but there was two or three fire engines went buy us.
“There was quite a lot of black smoke.”
The incident comes just a few weeks after the Reformer reported there had been a spate of fires in the Westburn area of Cambuslang.
Station manager at Clydesmill, Robert Deans, said there had been a “large quantity of rubbish,” set alight.
He added: “Fire can spread very quickly and get out of control.
“People who start these fires often think it is not going anywhere but that is not the case. This puts lives at risk.
“In this instance, it could have affected the bridge and that could have caused problems with the transport network or worse.”
A spokesman for Network Rail said there had been concerns about the affect of smoke on the bridge.
However, an engineer confirmed it was safe.
SmokeClaire Elizabeth took this photo as she walked on Rutherglen Main Street on Wednesday night