Firefighters Tackle Blaze At Community Centre

13 November 2017, 10:23

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Fire crews were called to an early-morning a blaze in South Lanarkshire.

About 40 firefighters attended the blaze at a community resource centre in Blantyre.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was first alerted to the incident in Calder Street at 1.48am on Monday.

Eight fire engines including two aerial appliances and a forward control unit were sent to the scene.

Firefighters were working externally to tackle the flames using powerful water jets.

A spokeswoman for the SFRS said: "There are no reported casualties at this present time."

A nearby primary school was also closed as a result of the early-morning fire.

South Lanarkshire Council closed Auchenraith Primary due to the blaze at Blantyre Miners Welfare club.

Ged Killen, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, posted a statement on Twitter saying: "Blantyre Miners Welfare is a local institution that is close to the hearts of everyone in my constituency."

He added: "I know the entire community will be as deeply as distressed as I am to hear the news of what appears to be a serious fire overnight in the Community Resource Centre.

"Along with everyone else, I am hoping and praying that no one has been caught up in this tragedy."