Plumes of smoke seen billowing as historic building catches fire

Four fire engines and a height appliance were dispatched to the scene in Trongate.

Fire crews rushed to a building in Glasgow on Wednesday, after plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the historic structure.

Videos on social media appear to show a large amount of thick, black smoke pouring out of the historic Tontine building in the Trongate area.

A spokeswoman for SFRS said the service received a report of a building fire at 1.07pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Four fire engines and a height appliance were dispatched to the scene, and firefighters extinguished a fire on the building’s ground floor.

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No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.

The Tontine building was built as a hotel in 1781 near the Tollbooth Steeple, and now hosts a mix of retail and office accommodation within 4 inter-connected sandstone buildings.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 1.07pm on Wednesday, May 31 to reports of a building fire in Glasgow.

“Operations Control mobilised four fire appliances to the city’s Albion Street, where firefighters extinguished a fire within the structure’s ground floor.

“Crews currently remain on scene working to make the area safe.

“There are no reported casualties.”

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