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Doorstop

Glasgow - Tinderbox City

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Post all instances of Glasgow buildings "mysteriously catching fire" in this thread, folks.



Looks like a bit of a conflagration going off to the South East (of me anyway - around the Kingsway area).



Anyone have the skinny on what's happening?
widmeister

There's been a fire at a tyre store in Ibrox.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-11197574
me

smelt the burning rubber as soon as i woke up then seen the tower of black smoke when i dropped the kiddi wink off at school.


can still smell it
Stuball

Pictures coming soon...

Didn't have to rove far for reporting this one... It's round the corner and my house is in the smoke line. Bloody stinks
Stuball


As the Fire Catches by stuballscramble, on Flickr

I missed a shot of them using the 'jaws of life' to cut the padlock off the gate


Preparing by stuballscramble, on Flickr


Pushed Back by stuballscramble, on Flickr
Stuball

The set of photos are HERE
Kevin_Mc

my mates have a unit in here - http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/about2006.html&highlight=fairley

gutted as they've lost a lot of tools and projects
Doorstop

Great job Stu .. on the ball, as always.
James

30 evacuated as tyre fire darkens city sky (© Evening Times)



Around 30 people have been evacuated from their homes after a major fire broke
out at a tyre storage centre.


Emergency services were called to the blaze in the Ibrox area of the city shortly
before 8am. Several fire crews were sent to Fairley Street where they faced
massive plumes of choking black smoke which billowed across the south of
the city.

The blaze led to major travel chaos for drivers as several roads were closed. Ibrox
Subway station has been closed as a precaution. Commuters could see the
smoke from the nearby M8 but also as far away as Clydebank on the other side
of the river. Glasgow Airport was also on alert as the wind was blowing the
smoke in its direction.

A spokesman for BAA, which runs the airport, said: “Our duty manager was
made aware of the situation, but we have been told that by the time any smoke
reaches us, there will be very little. There is no adverse affect on flights this
morning.”

A temporary shelter was set up for evacuated residents at Ibrox Library and
Learning Centre while other people were being told to stay indoors. A police
spokeswoman said: “Police received a report of a fire at a number of lock-ups
in Fairley Street near to the junction of Carmichael Street. Smoke from the
fire is currently blowing in a south-westerly direction and as a precaution, local
residents are being advised to stay indoors and keep their windows closed.”

Investigations are expected to be carried out to find out how the blaze started
and whether or not it was deliberate. The fire is believed to be centred on a
lock-up used as a vehicle repair workshop, which deals in scrap and old tyres.

Seven fire engines and more than 20 firefighters are attending the blaze.



James H
Stuball

Ibrox Subway was NOT closed... the police tape was across the entrance but it was still open and fully operational. Typical reporting where they haven't tried confirm any facts
fastnet

Stuball wrote:



Pushed Back by stuballscramble, on Flickr


Stu.

I was on the roof of that building last November taking pics of the fireworks.

And before anybody says anything..........It wisnae me...
cybers

We know it wiznae you ....

Who is first on the scene at all the big news fires on here ... Mr Asbestos there... Been in that many dodgy buildings he is fecking flame retardant
   
fastnet

   
Stuball

I've been wanting in that derelict building for ages... maybe now is my chance once the stonework cools down a bit
Kevin_Mc

we've been in a few times (obviously before the fire) I wouldn't have advised going in there before if you're not known to the guys in the yard as it's not exactly derelict but that could be a diffrent case now.
Stuball

Yeah, I've seen the guys... thats why I've never gone near it
Doorstop

Major house fire in my street (2 doors up actually) last night.

I did get some photos of blaze and fire crew attendance but I found out this morning that some poor bastard bought the farm (drinker, depressive, previous suicide attempts and heart problems so take your pick as to source of the fire) during the incident.

Doesn't seem right to post the pictures now. :(
cybers

Get thum sent to the paper then !
Doorstop

Seems a bit crass .. could do with the dosh I suppose but alas, the moment has passed.

I really hate my morality sometimes.
cybers

Doorstop wrote:
Seems a bit crass .. could do with the dosh I suppose but alas, the moment has passed.

I really hate my morality sometimes.


Morality in Mortality  
Stuball

I know what you mean Doorstop... thats one reason I don't chase ambulances and photograph car crashes
sputnik

is that the cws building warming up the tradeston folk just now.whodathunkit?
Stuball

I'm thinking it's the Coop Funeral Service building... the one thats been empty for a while now.
Doorstop

Just been speaking to my brother .. who had just swapped his night shift in Cowcaddens Fire House 10 minutes before the shout went out.

His name will be mud.
James

Live coverage on the BBCs website.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-15921203


Another building on fire in Glesga? Whoda thunk it....



James H
fastnet

nightfly

Glasgow fire



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15923902
nightfly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUWE1ZPUox4

maximusmop

my fathers old workplace, its been unused for 10 years or so now, lets hope the clock part of the building can be saved?
Delmont St Xavier

The clock was a nightmare, hand to be hand wound every Friday and the ruddy thing was in a difficult place to navigate at times.  I think according the news online, the demise of the hwole building as it has been deemed unsafe....

Another part of Glasgow's history is about to depart, quite fitting really considering the building was the Co-op's funeral dept.
Doorstop

Now, it may be my suspicious nature but if, as you say, this building was a nightmare to navigate inside then it's fairly safe to say that it'd be a money pit when trying to renovate it for any contemporary usage. Yes?

Now that's a *very* good reason for it to simply "be damaged beyond repair" and demolished leaving a lovely prime bit of waterfront real estate ready for development free of the incumbent costs of re-jigging a labyrinthine interior.
cybers

Rumours persist today of homeless using it as a doss .... I am thinking Hydroponics farm over heat .... as the building still had power
nightfly

My friend stays in the flats across the road. He said junkies are always smashing the windows to gain entry.
Delmont St Xavier

Doorstop wrote:
Now, it may be my suspicious nature but if, as you say, this building was a nightmare to navigate inside then it's fairly safe to say that it'd be a money pit when trying to renovate it for any contemporary usage. Yes?

Now that's a *very* good reason for it to simply "be damaged beyond repair" and demolished leaving a lovely prime bit of waterfront real estate ready for development free of the incumbent costs of re-jigging a labyrinthine interior.


The bottom two floors would in my view, be very difficult to transform and so to see it burn as it did, came as no surprise to me.
BenCooper

What it was like inside, a couple of years ago:

http://www.catchingphotons.co.uk/blog/?p=241

It was a bit of a maze, but not too bad - there were fire doors between the front part and the rear extension.
Glasgow Loon

And another fire in Alex Morrison's Boxing gym in Dalmarnock according to the BBC:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-15998307
calamity

Morrison Gym Fire

Seems Morrisons Gym in Dalmarnock will have to be rebuilt after a fire.


http://news.boxrec.com/news/2011/alex-morrisons-gym-suffers-fire
James

Thread renamed...  



James H
cybers

And very fitting name it is too ... perhaps it should also be stickied lol  
kev

Taken a couple of years ago


Shame...These buildings are some of the last remnants of  how the city was before all the redevelopment
Capercaillie

Proof if proof were needed that the UK is suffering a drought this year!  
James

cybers wrote:
And very fitting name it is too ... perhaps it should also be stickied lol  

I've a feeling this thread will never stray far from the first page....  



James H
cybers

Capercaillie wrote:
Proof if proof were needed that the UK is suffering a drought this year!  


Eh ?

Its a photo of a building that was destroted by a fire earlier in the week so i am not following your train of thought on this one ...

Scotland has no effects of drought Edinburgh is certainly showing no signs of drought in fact i have spent the last week wading through rivers where streets used to be.

But the threads about FIRE not water.

Kev cracking picture BTW... Maybe now the building is more or less a balnk canvas the layout and design of the internals can be reworked to suit whichever developer now shows an interest be it luxury shoeboxes or office space... I am sure it will have a facade retention clause in place now as the front looks undamaged but then i am no expert in the ins and outs of fire and brickwork.

James its never made it off the front page yet ...
Psychophobe

BenCooper wrote:
What it was like inside, a couple of years ago:

http://www.catchingphotons.co.uk/blog/?p=241

It was a bit of a maze, but not too bad - there were fire doors between the front part and the rear extension.


excellent photos and some interesting subjects, that fire extinguisher thing looked really interesting.

That building was on my list of ones to look around. I worked in the nearby Talbot homeless place and spoke to the guys about it, but they'd never really been in, so suspect the words of it being used by the underclass I think are incorrect. It was burning like a beauty I'm sure it's an insurance job, like the former pub (the Eagle?) next door to the former Library building - now talbot Hostel .
Psychophobe

I've had a look round that Co op headquarters building, over the road. Very nice but the original building is renovated entirely. Looks amazing though.
womble

Stuball wrote:
I'm thinking it's the Coop Funeral Service building... the one thats been empty for a while now.



Demolition to start as early as tomorrow according to Scottish news.  
James

Fire at Glasgow city centre warehouse (© BBC)



The emergency services have been called to a large fire in commercial premises
close to the centre of Glasgow.


The blaze is believed to have broken out at the premises of Alfa Wholesale
cash and carry on Lancefield St.

Smoke and flames were visible over a large part of the city centre, including
the M8 motorway.

It is thought that no one was in the building when the fire started. It is in an
area of predominantly business premises.



James H
fastnet

This was still going at 7.30 this morning.
James

Homes evacuated as fire crews tackle large blaze at derelict primary school (© STV)



Fire crews are battling a large blaze at a derelict primary school in Glasgow.


Several homes in the area were evacuated in the east end of the city after the
fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency service workers wore masks as they attended the blaze over fears
that there is asbestos in the disused school. Residents nearby were also warned
to stay away after concerns about the substance came to light.

The blaze was reported at the derelict St Marks School, in Muiryfauld Drive, in
Tollcross. Smoke was sent billowing across the city skyline after the blaze broke
out at around 2.15pm

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue are in attendance, while Strathclyde Police confirmed
homes near to the derelict building were evacuated as a precautionary measure,
while other residents were asked by officers to stay inside.

Roads surrounding the old school, which is near Tollcross Park, have been affected
by the fire.



James H
James












James H
Doog Doog

You had your dustmask of course.....
fastnet

Doog Doog wrote:
You had your dustmask of course.....


And his matches......
Stuball

and to think it's usually me chasing fire, standing in the smoke with a camera and asbestos gloves
Fireman

I'm beginning to worry about you guys!  
norrie

Hi James73, good shots
hillmanimp

No photos, but a question.

My late stepfather used to say that there was a certain restaurateur, whose properties always seemed to catch fire within a short time of his company buying them.  I heard other rumours about it, must have been 60s 70s.  Does it ring a bell with anyone?

Imp
norrie

Hi Hillmanimp, the only restranteur I can recall from that time is Reo Stakis, I wouldnt like to say it was his restaurants that were on fire

UG member Firmen may have a better idea
derelictglasgow

Tollcross School - Demolition starting 26/5/12

the demoltion is beginning today, won't take em long i'm sure
http://news.stv.tv/scotland/10328...hool-that-was-set-on-fire-begins/
fastnet

The Glen Douglas is no more.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/new...fter-blaze-hits-city-pub.17749322
norrie

Hi fastnet, well now theres a surprise
The last time I was in the Glen Douglas was 1968??? a few beers when we broke up from work on Hogmany, pints of light I was drinking
Silly me, come the bells I couldnt look at a drink
Its only in the last few years that I take a drink before the Bells I never forgot that night, not a drink did I have
Delmont St Xavier

norrie wrote:
Hi Hillmanimp, the only restranteur I can recall from that time is Reo Stakis, I wouldnt like to say it was his restaurants that were on fire

UG member Firmen may have a better idea


It would appear back in the era that you’re asking about, that there were a preponderance of fires of properties belonging to the then Stakis company.  There was a standing joke around that time that the ‘chip pan’ was left on again, as the Grosvenor Hotel was completely gutted during the Firemen’s strike of the late 70’s early 80’s, and the Pond (at that time under Stakis ownership) also suffered a fire and if memory serves a steak house and casino in the city centre suffered from a similar fate.

Of course these fires were coincidental and no malicious or suspicions were ever cast on the integrity of Sir Reo and the company.  It was different days then H&S wasn’t so prevalent and hygiene demands were not as high in standard as they are now.

Of course it’s always going to look worse if the same company has ‘fire upon fire’ but then again these were the days when there were not so many about and when Stakis had a fire, it was reported but if Joe’s Greasy Dinner went up in flames – zilch!
hillmanimp

OK thanks both!  That rings a bell.

Imp
James

Disused Fyfe and McGrouther factory fire 'deliberate' (© BBC)

A large fire at a derelict factory in Glasgow city centre is believed to have been
started deliberately.


Firefighters were called to the blaze at the former Fyfe and McGrouther building
in Kennedy Street about 03:00.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said "water curtains" were created to prevent flames
spreading to nearby premises belonging to John Lewis and Tedesco.

The disused factory had been due for demolition. Kennedy Street is closed
between Kennedy Path and Lister Street.

Group Commander Gary Wallace, from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, said crews
were faced with a "well developed" fire which had broken through the roof.

He said they used two high-reach appliances with water jets and firefighters
wearing breathing apparatus entered parts of the factory to bring the blaze
under control.









James H
norrie

Hi james73 ,looks like I have missed taking photos of that building
Silly me
Stuball

Jeeze, I thought they were still operating. I was in there a few times for bits and bobs when I worked in the nightclubs and it was a complex rabbit warren
James

Fire guts old East End school (© Evening Times)

More than 30 firefighters today battled for hours to bring a blaze at a derelict Glasgow
school under control.


The fire broke out at the old Westercommon Primary, in the East End, which has been reduced
to a charred shell. Huge flames could be seen billowing from the building in Ellesmere Street.
Fire crews were called to the scene shortly before 3am.

A Strathclyde Fire and Rescue spokesman said about a third of the school had been affected. Group
Commander Eddie Mullen said: "The crews were faced with a well developed fire from the outset
and they worked tirelessly in difficult conditions to prevent the spread of fire to other parts of
the building and neighbouring properties."

A joint investigation, between Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and Strathclyde Police, will get under
way today to find the cause of the blaze. The building has been lying empty since May 2012.

Pupils transferred to a new site at Benview Campus in Ruchill. The site is owned by City Property, an
arm's length organisation of Glasgow City Council. Roads around the school were closed today and
diversions were put in place to allow emergency services to deal with the fire.



James H
norrie

Hi james, read about that in todays papers
First time I knew that Possil was in the East end of Glasgow, I live out that way and the post code was NW as far as I remember, ah well, sometimes papers make mistakes
James

Major fire at Glasgow Steiner School in Yorkhill (© BBC)



Up to 60 children have been led to safety after a fire broke out in a first-floor
classroom at an independent school in the west end of Glasgow.


Fire crews were called to Glasgow Steiner School, in Lumsden Street, Yorkhill, at
11:30 on Tuesday. Following the evacuation, pupils were taken to a local community
centre. No-one is thought to have been injured.

At the height of the blaze, 55 firefighters and 10 appliances were deployed to prevent
the fire spreading.

Road closures

Incident Commander, ACO Lewis Ramsay said: "The initial crews have worked tirelessly
to tackle the blaze and operations are ongoing to contain the fire. Members of the local
community can be assured that fire crews will continue to work relentlessly until this
incident is brought to a safe conclusion. An effective multi-agency approach with police
and the local authority is ongoing to manage the incident and reassure local residents."

Police have closed Yorkhill Street, between Old Dumbarton Road and Kelvinhaugh Street,
while fire crews continue their operation.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known and will be subject to a joint investigation by
Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and Strathclyde Police.



James H
norrie

Hi james73, was the school occupied?
I am sure I have taken photos of that school, dare say it will be demolished if its too badly damaged
cybers

Its one of the west ends better schools though was it not recently purchased  
Glasgow Loon

Saying up to 60 children were led to safety.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-21940354
norrie

Ok, I heard about it on the radio, thank goodness all pupils were lead to safety
Stuball

cybers wrote:
Its one of the west ends better schools though was it not recently purchased  


It was recently refurbished.... maybe a year or so
stan63

What building was burning on the south side of the river near Shields road car park tonight at 5:30 when I was coming home from work?  I saw the smoke just after my bus came over the Kingston bridge heading towards Ayrshire.

Stan
Stuball

Possibly the old Howdens place again?
DavidMcD316

how many of these fires are found to be accidents or started on purpose ?

such as the Co-op building, did they ever find out what happened ?

why do buildings in Glasgow sit empty for years then suddenly burst into flames?
cybers

Think the Co-op was squatters trying to keep warm and it got away from them. Thats mostly the scenario time and again though wilful fireraising by kids is also a good shout it's only tongue in cheek the claims we have made previously to suspicious timings on difficult to find use for buildings being next in the the clearing torch.
(Or are they)
Alex Glass

If you look at the transformation of lots of buildings around the city and the effort made by organisations like the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust you see the level and extent of the work carried out to save buildings and bring them back into a suitable use.

It is always unfortunate when a building like the Co-op building is lost but itsn't possible to save all the buildings. It use to really annoy me when people would blame the council everytime a building is set on fire or gets demolished due to it becoming delapidated. There is only a small amount of money available to the council to either support the work of the owners in partnership with organisations like Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. A former colleague of mine was very active in that organisation and would always be telling me about the various projects they were involved in and the amount of additional money they brought to the city through grants to transform buildings like the stables in Linn Park. They really do make the money from the council work but it is never enough to do what everyone wants to do.

Cybers is right however more does need to be done to make building owners take more care of the buildings they own and that does include the council.
cybers

Could not agree more with what you said Alex, There seems to be a mentality with a minority of building owners who realise the land is more valuable than the resource occupying it. While hand outs for remedial works are all fine and dandy from the meagre funds available, prosecution for neglect by owners should be a bloody real option before the firebugs attack.
nightfly

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Hawick_1987

Nice photos Nightfly, such a shame to see it in this state though.
Doog Doog

Doesn't look too promising for being saved...
Marblez

Stuball wrote:
Jeeze, I thought they were still operating. I was in there a few times for bits and bobs when I worked in the nightclubs and it was a complex rabbit warren


They are still operating - they moved to Kinning Park beside Edmonsons
http://www.fyfeandmcgrouther.co.u...iew=article&id=9&Itemid=9
Marblez

The Co-op building as it was in 2007


Co-op Building by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

and one taken last weekend ... spacious basement flat, partially furnished. Within walking distance of city centre and close to all amenities .....


Basement Flat by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
Marblez

and this would seem to be an appropriate place for this one


End of the Coliseum by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
fastnet

Huge fire in Hillfoot st. In Dennistoun.

Hawick_1987

fastnet wrote:
Huge fire in Hillfoot st. In Dennistoun.



Jeezo, was everyone evacuated?
Marblez

Looks like everyone is safe

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-24691795
Fireman

SF&RS's official web site account -


http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/ne...people-from-glasgow-tenement.aspx
Marblez

Excellent report Fireman, can I ask if the reporter was American - "Whitehill Secondary School as a center for temporary shelter" ?
cybers

The people of the block were moved to the school while other arrangements were made.
Marblez

Yes it was the ER on centre I was referring to ...      
fastnet

Glasgow school of art.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-27541883
fastnet

Some heartbreaking pics here.

http://glasgow.stv.tv/articles/27...hool-of-art-fire-photos-may-2014/
Hawick_1987

fastnet wrote:
Some heartbreaking pics here.

http://glasgow.stv.tv/articles/27...hool-of-art-fire-photos-may-2014/


Sad day indeed  
norrie

Hi James, thats a really good shot
The one time I am not in Glasgow taking photos and I miss this chance
From what I am hearing fire crews managed to save 70% of the artwork and students projects and they saved the building too
Michael S Collins

http://news.stv.tv/west-central/2...oan-road-primary-school-in-govan/

Broomloan Rd School, Govan.

Watch the smoke from our living room window - it looks fecked.  
norrie

Hi Michael, I was thinking of another school but I did take shots of that one a few years ago
Michael S Collins

norrie wrote:
Hi Michael, I was thinking of another school but I did take shots of that one a few years ago


Hi Norrie, aye, it was a nice building - and a survivor too, having outlasted Iona Court, all the old houses around it on Kintra Street, the "Wine Alley" and the Broomloan Road tenements.

Currently without a camera, but I figure it'll be gone within the week - especially as it is on a busy road.

Shame, the council had found it unsuitable for conversion to flats but had agreed restoration for public use was in the best interest. It was just, as is the way of the world, a matter of cash. Oh well.
norrie

Hi Michael, I will try and get down the in the next few days, perhaps Friday
Thats a pity that there was some movement for other uses some schools  ended up being demolished
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