GLASGOW’S fruit market was partially reopened for business this morning (August 18), 24 hours after fire ripped through a warehouse.
More than 70 firefighters battled to bring what Scottish Fire & Rescue Service described as a “large blaze” under control early on Wednesday morning. There were no reported injuries or casualties.
The fruit market at Blochairn is home to more than 70 wholesale fruit and veg businesses, which supply fresh produce to restaurants, bars and hotels across the country.
In a statement, site owner City Property said emergency services had “partially reopened” the market.
“Temporary sites have been identified to allow those tenants directly affected to continue trading as close to business as normal as possible with the west warehouse within the markets site immediately available,” it said.
“We will continue to explore a short term arrangement at a nearby site to provide additional space and hope to have confirmation of this sometime [on Friday].”
Scottish Fire & Rescue Services’ deputy assistant chief officer John Joyce said: “The fire developed rapidly – however thanks to our quick assessment and action plans that were put into place we were able to protect not only the community from harm, but ensure that the fire did not spread further in the market.”