Buildings evacuated and locals urged to stay inside as crews battle fire

Dozens of firefighters are tackling the blaze at a disused furniture shop in Glasgow city centre.

Glasgow fire crews battling large-scale blaze on Kingston Street as locals urged to stay indoors STV News

Buildings have been evacuated as fire crews continue to battle a large-scale blaze at a disused furniture store in Glasgow city centre.

Nine appliances including pumps and aerial equipment have been dispatched to Kingston Street in the Tradeston area of the city following reports of the blaze shortly before 10am on Sunday morning.

Several nearby streets have been shut off while emergency personnel attempt to extinguish the flames.

Workers were ushered out of nearby office blocks and locals have been encouraged to keep their windows closed and remain indoors while the incident remains live.

Crews have rushed to the scene on Kingston Street.

Images and videos from the scene show a thick plume of white smoke billowing from the top of the building.

There are no reports of any injuries at this time, according to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

A spokesperson added: “The SFRS was alerted at 9.55am on Sunday, October 16 to reports of a fire within a building in Kingston Street.

“Operations control immediately mobilised and currently have nine appliances at the scene.

“Crews currently remain in attendance.”

Police Scotland confirmed a series of road closures would be in place until the fire was brought under control.

Motorists have been urged to avoid the area.

A statement read: “Due to a fire in Kingston Street, near the junction with Centre Street, a number of roads in the area are closed.

“Local diversions are in place. We are advising people to keep their windows closed due to the smoke and not to gather on the street.”

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