Hun­dreds raised for fire-hit South Side fam­i­lies

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HUN­DREDS of pounds have been raised to help the fam­i­lies af­fected by the dev­as­tat­ing Pol­lok­shields fire.

The corner sec­tion of the three-storey ten­e­ment on Al­bert Drive col­lapsed as a re­sult of the blaze where the road meets Ken­mure Street.

It’s es­ti­mated that up to 40 fam­i­lies are still dis­placed as a re­sult of the blaze more than one week on, as demolition works to make the rest of the block safe.

Now, Pol­lok­shields Community Coun­cil have set up a Go­FundMe with plans to raise £3000.

More than £900 was raised by gen­er­ous donors in un­der 24 hours.

Ameen Mo­hammed, chair of the community coun­cil, said: “For­tu­nately there were no ca­su­al­ties but peo­ple left their homes in the mid­dle of the night with few be­long­ings.

“Lo­cal char­i­ties, schools, and re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions are fill­ing the gaps as the coun­cil looks to re­house fam­i­lies.

“But fam­i­lies need cloth­ing, day to day es­sen­tials, and money to get them through the next few weeks.

“The Community Coun­cil has set this cam­paign up and we re­ally hope that ev­ery­one that reads this can give even one pound.”

Around 60 fire­fight­ers tack­led the fire at it’s height af­ter start­ing in in the Spice Gar­den shop at about 11.30pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 10.

You can do­nate at www. go­fundme.com/f/al­bert-drive­fire-re­lief

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