Bridge fire put lives at risk

Fears af­ter yobs set rub­bish alight

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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