NEIGHBOURS STUNNED BY FIRE DEATH OF KATHLEEN
Probe at flats after woman, 55, is killed
Residents of a Rutherglen block of flats have spoken of their shock after their neighbour perished in a fire.
Kathleen Thomson’s body was brought out of the bottom-floor flat which went up in flames on Greenhill Road around 4.51pm on Wednesday, July 5.
The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed but the 55-yearold’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
A joint investigation has been launched by police and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Floral tributes and cards were laid outside the block on Friday. One note simply read: “Thinking of you.”
Victor Walker, 46, lived opposite Kathleen in the fourstorey block for one and a half years.
“She was cheery, she never gave me any trouble,” he told the Reformer. “She had a few friends and a man came round to walk the dog every so often.
“People keep to themselves here so I didn’t know her all that well but I met her a few times in the hall.
“I know she didn’t keep too good. She had bad health and was in and out of hospital.”
Recalling the incident which took place last week, Victor said;:“I heard somebody knocking at my door and I looked out my peephole and all I could see was smoke in the close.
“I heard them kicking in the door but they had to split it because they couldn’t get in.
“I saw everybody outside and I was hoping it wasn’t going to get any worse.
“I’ve lived here for eight years and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Ronnie Mora, 48, who lives in the flat block next to Kathleen’s, said: “It was a real shame. I came home and I saw six or seven emergency service trucks outside the flat.
“They seemed to be there all day.
“I saw the police trying to get into somebody’s flat. Then I could smell smoke here, two flats away, so how bad the fire was I don’t know.”
Kathleen was the mother of Craig Thomson who died after he was hit by a car in 2012.
Craig, also known as ‘Stuta’, was knocked down by a car while crossing Dalmarnock Road on his way to Tesco.
This week, a spokesman of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 4.51pm on Wednesday, July 5, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to reports of a fire at a four-storey block of flats on Greenhill Road in Rutherglen.
“Three appliances attended and crews extinguished the fire using high-powered hoses but sadly the body of one female was discovered within the affected property.
“Firefighters ensured the area was safe before leaving the scene.”
Tragic Kathleen Thomson