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Eight injured in Glasgow tower block fire

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Media captionThe fire broke out just before 08:00

Eight people have been injured after a fire broke out in a flat near the top floor of a Glasgow tower block.

Scottish Fire and Rescue said they were called to the block at Commercial Court in the Gorbals just before 08:00.

Witnesses said smoke was “pouring” out of the windows of the flat, which is on the 14th floor of the building. The blaze started in a kitchen.

A large number of fire engines and other emergency vehicles were sent to the scene.

The fire has now been put out.

Image caption A large number of emergency vehicles were sent to the scene

The Scottish Fire and Rescue officer in charge of the incident, Alan Fairbairn, said firefighters were alerted to the kitchen fire at 07:58.

“Operations Control mobilised a number of resources to the scene at Commercial Court, where firefighters extinguished the flames.

“A total of eight casualties were passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service and transported to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”

Image caption The fire was close to the top floor of the building

Eliot Brown, 19, was evacuated from his flat on the 13th floor.

He said: “I woke up and opened my eyes and saw smoke rising past the window.

“I thought it was mist at first and then after that I heard a knock on the door and it was someone shouting to get out.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is the local MSP for the Gorbals, tweeted: “Latest update is that the #Gorbals fire is fully under control – though firefighters remain on scene as precaution against any further risk.

“My thanks again to our firefighters.”

The fire broke out a year after the Grenfell disaster in London.

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