Latest suspicious Glasgow fire sparks call for greater arson protection
April 26 2022
A historic building in Glasgow's east end has become the latest to succumb to a spate of unexplained fires.
Twelve fire appliances were called out to douse flames at the B-listed Queen Mary Street Nursery on Bernard Terrace, Bridgeton, on Friday night, with the blaze being brought under control in the early hours of Saturday.
Within an hour of emergency services departing the scene Safer Scotland was on hand to seal off the dangerous site with mobile security including CCTV towers while a risk assessment of the surviving structure is carried out.
Managing director Phil Bunting said: “In what is becoming an all too familiar occurrence, proven security companies such as Safer Scotland are being called in to secure the remains of yet another historic building destroyed by what might well prove to be arson.
“We think enough is enough and believe our offer to support government and local authorities with security measures to protect Scotland’s historic buildings before they fall victim to arsonists should be taken up more widely.”
Glasgow and its environs have been beset by regular suspicious fires in historic buildings, notably a blaze at the B-listed Troon Station; a B-listed Territorial Army Drill Hall in Paisley and of course the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art.