Three Still In Hospital After Glasgow Fire

22 March 2016, 17:15 | Updated: 22 March 2016, 17:17

Three people remain in a serious condition in hospital after a large fire in a Glasgow tenement.

Dozens of people were evacuated from surrounding properties when emergency services were called to reports of "an explosion and a fire'' in a ground-floor flat in Fairburn Street, Tollcross, at around 11pm on Monday.

One woman was rescued by firefighters from a top-floor flat in the four-storey block, and was among eight people taken to hospital for treatment to a range of injuries including smoke inhalation and head wounds.

Five people who suffered minor injuries have now been released but two men and one woman remain in hospital where staff describe their condition as serious.

At the peak of the blaze around 50 firefighters were in attendance.

Police and fire officers are now investigating the cause of the blaze and have appealed for information.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "The service received a 999 call from a member of the public shortly before 11pm alerting them to a fire within the ground floor of the four-storey tenement building.

"Local fire crews from Clydesmill, Calton and Polmadie where immediately dispatched and on their arrival were met with a well-developed fire.

"The incident commander immediately requested further resources to deal with the fire and attend to casualties at the scene.

"Firefighters rescued one woman from the top-floor flat and are also working with the Scottish Ambulance Service in attending to eight casualties with injuries relating to smoke inhalation, head and physical injuries.''

A Police Scotland spokesman said: ``Enquires are currently ongoing to establish the exact cause of the fire.

"Anyone with information is asked to call Shettleston Police Office via telephone number 101.''