Firefighters extinguish large building fire in Greenock

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Six appliances attended the incident on Wednesday, 8 March.

Over 35 firefighters battled for 15 hours to bring a major building fire in Greenock under control.

Two appliances from Greenock were mobilised to Port Glasgow Road when the alarm was raised at 3.22am on Wednesday, 8 March.

On arrival crews found the commercial property well-ablaze with smoke visible across the Greenock area. Additional resources were requested, resulting in a total of six fire appliances including two high reach appliances.

Due to the extensive nature of the blaze the fire was split into three separate sectors with firefighters in breathing apparatus deployed to each area to begin initial firefighting operations.

There were no casualties reported.

Firefighters fought the fire externally in difficult conditions utilising the high reach appliances as water towers.

Crews finally brought the fire under control by 6pm on Wednesday, 8 March and the incident was thereafter gradually scaled down.

Mark Gallacher a Group Manager with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and was one of the officers in charge of the incident

He said: “This was a significant and challenging fire and our crews have worked tirelessly through the night in very difficult conditions.

“A total of six fire appliances were on the incident ground at one point as we tackled the fire on a number of different fronts.”

One fire appliance remains at the scene dampening down and ensuring the area is made safe.

A fire investigation into the cause will be carried out in due course.

GM Gallacher added: “I want to thank SFRS personnel, Inverclyde Council, Police Scotland and other external partners who we worked closely with to bring this incident to a safe conclusion.

“I would also like to thank the Salvation Army for the welfare arrangements for our firefighters and partner agencies”

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