NEIGH­BOURS STUNNED BY FIRE DEATH OF KATH­LEEN

Probe at flats af­ter wo­man, 55, is killed

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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