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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 20:11 GMT 21:11 UK
Fire hits Glasgow building roof
Fire (Picture by Kenneth Veitch)

Firefighters have brought a large fire under control at a four storey building under renovation in Glasgow's west end.

The roof of the former Maclay student halls of residence in Park Terrace, which overlooks Kelvingrove Park, caught light shortly after midday.

The building was evacuated and all workers have been accounted for since the alarm was raised.

About 60 firefighters battled the blaze which could be seen from a wide area around the site.

A 'disaster'

Group Manager Freddie Graham, of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, said: "On arrival, crews were met with a well developed fire in the roof space of the property which spread rapidly across the roof due to the wind conditions.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus made an attack on the fire but were beaten back due to the severe conditions within the roof space."

The building was once owned by the University of Glasgow.

A spokeswoman for the university said: "Five students, who are accommodated in the adjacent Barclay House residence, are unharmed.

Park Circus fire, picture from Strathclyde Police
The Park Circus fire captured from the Strathclyde Police helicopter

"Only one student was at home and has been safely evacuated.

"These students are being rehoused nearby and full assistance and support is being given."

The cause of the fire will be investigated.

The blaze attracted crowds from around the west end.

Local man John Hegarty said: "The wind has fanned it, it is a major, major fire - the firemen are doing a good job."

Onlooker Ian Robertson added: "It's a shame, it is an old building and may have to be demolished."

Lorna MacMillan cycled from her west end home to the site of the fire.

She said: "It is a disaster, the building is beautiful and a part of Glasgow's history."

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