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Glasgow's fruit market blaze ruled accident

Staff Writer |
Dozens of stands were destroyed during the fire at Blochairn market in August.

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A blaze that devastated a fruit and vegetable market in Glasgow was started accidentally.

More than 70 firefighters battled for hours to bring the fire at Blochairn market under control in August.

A total of 74 stands were consumed by the flames but sellers were quickly able to return to untouched areas of the market.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service launched a major inquiry in the days following the blaze.

Investigators have now reached the conclusion that it was not started intentionally.

A spokesman said: "We conducted an investigation into a fire at Blochairn Fruit Market and found no evidence of wilful fire-raising.

"A full report will be concluded in due course."

The blaze broke out as hundreds of workers began their shifts at the market in the early hours of August 17.

Explosions were heard inside as the fire spread rapidly through the building but staff were evacuated quickly and nobody was hurt.

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