By Denna Bowman
Firefighters tackled a massive blaze which broke out at a tyres storage centre in Glasgow earlier today and sent plumes of choking black smoke billowing across the south of the city.
Around 30 people were evacuated from their homes after the lock-up, which deals in scrap and old tyres, went up in flames in the Ibrox area of the city.
Seven fire engines and more than 20 firefighters were called to battle the blaze which led to major travel chaos for drivers as several roads were closed.
The Ibrox Subway station was shut down as a precaution and Glasgow Airport was also on alert as the wind was blowing the smoke in its direction.
A spokesman for BAA, which runs the airport, said: “Our duty manager was made aware of the situation, but we have been told that by the time any smoke reaches us, there will be very little. There is no adverse affect on flights this morning.”
A temporary shelter was set up for evacuated residents at Ibrox Library and Learning Centre while other people were being told to stay indoors.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report of a fire at a number of lock-ups in Fairley Street near to the junction of Carmichael Street.
“Smoke from the fire is currently blowing in a south-westerly direction and as a precaution, local residents are being advised to stay indoors and keep their windows closed.”
Investigations are expected to be carried out to find out how the blaze started and whether or not it was deliberate.