Hunt for youths after flat building goes up in flames

The fire broke out just after 7pm on Friday at Riverford Gardens in Glasgow.

Fire: The blaze took hold on Friday night. Samantha McCrae
Fire: The blaze took hold on Friday night.

Police are on the hunt for three youths after firefighters worked through the night to extinguish a blaze at a five-storey building under development in Glasgow.

The fire broke out just after 7pm on Friday at Riverford Gardens in the Pollokshaws area.

At the height of the incident, 15 fire engines battled the flames.

Two appliances remained in attendance throughout Saturday until the incident was eventually closed shortly before 5pm.

There were no reports of any casualties.

Detectives are now working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the blaze and are appealing for information to trace three youths who were seen at the flats around the time the fire started.

Detective constable Alyson Dowds said: “We are working to identify the three people who were seen entering Riverford Gardens around 6pm on Friday evening, they were in the area for about 15 minutes then left heading towards Riverford Road.

“The three of them were wearing dark-coloured hooded jackets. One of them had fair-coloured hair and one had dark-coloured hair.

“Two of them were wearing dark-coloured trousers with the other one wearing light-coloured jogging bottoms.

“We have been carrying out enquiries in the local area and studying CCTV footage to gather more information.

“I would ask anyone who may have seen these youths in the area to contact Helen Street Police Station through 101.”

FIRE – RIVERFORD GARDENS, GLASGOWDetectives are appealing for information following a fire at flats in Riverford…

Posted by Greater Glasgow Police Division on Saturday, 28 December 2019

The building was part of CCG’s flagship development.

A CCG spokesperson said: “A fire was reported last night within an uninhabited building on a site in the south side of Glasgow.

“Pending inspection and investigation it is too early to comment on the cause or extent of damage.”