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Two hurt after explosion at flats near Clyde Tunnel

Emergency services raced to Kennedar Drive after the alarm was raised at around 7.05am on Friday.

Glasgow: Emergency teams at Kennedar Drive. STV

Two people have been taken to hospital following an explosion in a block of flats close to Glasgow’s Clyde Tunnel.

Emergency services raced to Kennedar Drive after the alarm was raised at around 7.05am on Friday morning.

Firefighters assisted in the rescue and passed the casualties onto the Scottish Ambulance Service, which sent its special operation team, a trauma unit, two ambulances and a manager.

A man was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, while a woman was transported to the nearby Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment to injuries.

Their condition – and the cause of the explosion – is currently unknown.

Residents were evacuated from the area while investigation and clean-up works took place.

As well as shattered glass on the road, firefighters were tasked with removing the loose debris and windows.

Damage: The windows exploded. STV

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “At 7.05am police and emergency services were called to a report of an explosion in a block of flats on Kennedar Drive in Glasgow.

“One man was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. A woman was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

“23 people have been evacuated as a precaution as investigation continues into the cause of the explosion.”

Investigation: Residents were evacuated as a precaution. STV

The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) sent three engines and an aerial appliance following the emergency call.

A spokesperson said: “SFRS was alerted at 7.04am on Friday, March 22 to reports of an explosion at a block of flats on Kennedar Drive, Glasgow.

“Operations Control mobilised three fire engines and an aerial appliance to the scene, where two casualties were assisted to safety and passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Explosion: Glass shattered across the road. STV

“A male casualty was transported by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and the female casualty was transported by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

“Residents were also evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution.

“SFRS crews have now left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe, and an investigation into the cause of the explosion is underway.”

Rescue: Firefighters assisted the casualties to safety. STV

Gas engineers were also called to the scene.

Bradley Barlow, spokesman for gas distribution company SGN, said: “Following reports of an explosion in Kennedar Drive in Glasgow, our engineers joined the emergency services on site earlier this morning.

“While it is too early to speculate as to what has happened, we have made the situation safe and we’ll work closely with the emergency services to help identify the cause.”

Staff from Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) were sent to help affected residents.

GHA managing director Jennifer Russell said: “People were allowed back in shortly after the incident but we’ll continue to support them with anything they need.

“We’re also working closely with the police and fire services.”


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