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Fire crews tackle scrapyard blaze

Fire at scrapyard
The plume of smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles

Dozens of firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a scrapyard beside the River Clyde in Renfrew.

The fire broke out at about 0015 BST at the salvage yard in Meadowside Street, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said.

There are currently 14 appliances and 70 firefighters at the scene.

A spokeswoman for BAA Scotland said a huge smoke plume generated by the blaze was having no impact on Glasgow Airport despite earlier fears of delays.

Fire crews have managed to save a large industrial building, containing £2m worth of equipment, close to the blaze.

A spokesman for the brigade added: "There continues to be 14 pumps and 70 firefighters at the scene and we shall have to maintain a presence at the yard until Monday."

Strathclyde Police said the yard was empty at the time the fire broke out and no-one had been evacuated from nearby homes.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.



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