Video shows fire rip through Glasgow car wash as residents hear loud 'bangs'

Police in Scotland probe cause of blaze which took three hours to get under control. Footage of the blaze posted online shows flames engulfing the single-storey building.

Fire crews remained at the scene for three hoursTwitter/@scophill

A large fire ripped through a car wash in Glasgow on Tuesday night (3 October) with local residents hearing loud "bangs" as firefighters tackled the blaze. Police have appealed for information after saying the blaze was caused deliberately.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue service were called to Castle Autos in Farmload Road, Rutherglen, at around 10.45pm.

The area was cordoned off and the adjacent road closed by police as fire crews using three appliances tried to contain the fire.

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Footage of the blaze posted online shows flames engulfing the single-storey building and towering into the night sky.

Twitter user Scott Phillips, who posted the video, wrote alongside: "Large fire at Castle Autos, Farmloan Road, Rutherglen. Farmloan Road closes by police. Multiple bangs heard by local residents!"

Fire crews took three hours to get the blaze under control. There were no reported injuries.

A number of cars were at the site at the time, however the damage appears to be limited to the building premises.

Initial enquiries have indicated that the fire was started deliberately, police said.

Detective Constable Neil Dooher said: "We know the fire was set deliberately and from our initial enquiries we are aware that a small, dark coloured car was seen leaving the location around the time of the incident.

"We are keen to speak to the driver and occupants of that vehicle as they may have information which could prove significant in our investigation. I am also appealing to any members of the public or other motorists who were in the area at the time, who may have noticed something which seemed a little odd at the time to get in touch with us."

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Anyone with information is asked to contact CID officers at Cambuslang Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 4043 of Tuesday 3 October 2017. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.

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