Causeyside Street fire – latest
Demolition contractors working for Renfrewshire Council have started work making safe the gutted remains of The George public house on the corner of Causeyside Street and George Street, Paisley.
Once the structure has been brought down to a safe level engineers from Scottish Power will move in to restore electricity to 47 people who have been without power since Sunday night.
Power supplies are expected to be restored by approximately 7pm tonight (Monday 25 February).
Six flats above the public house were destroyed in the blaze rendering 18 people homeless. All were either immediately provided with short-term accommodation by the council or made their own alternative arrangements.
No-one was injured in the fire, which started at 3.25am on Sunday 24 February, extensively damaging the building and prompting a major response from
Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue.
All the road closures, put in place in the aftermath of the fire, are still in place:
· Causeyside Street is closed in both directions between Gordon Street and New Street
· George Street is closed between Wardrop Street and Causeyside Street
· Johnston Street is closed because it can only be accessed by vehicles from Causeyside Street at George Street.
The situation is being kept under review. Residents and drivers should watch media road reports for updates and the council’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.
Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said, “The council plays a major role at the height of an incident alongside the emergency services. But once the hose pipes have been rolled up and the Police cars have gone we take over the ‘recovery phase’ of the incident.
“Building standards employees are coordinating the demolition work needed to make the structure safe and allow Scottish Power to restore electricity to the area. Other employees are patrolling nearby streets, providing information to residents and an all important safety net for those residents who were away from their flats and have come back to find that their homes’ have been destroyed.”
“A key part of the council’s role is providing information during and after an incident and we have set up a range of communications channels to keep people in touch with the latest developments.”
· Telephone: 0141 618 4399
· Mobile (on-site employees): 07733 307983
· Twitter: @rencouncilnews#GeorgeSt
· Facebook: facebook/renfrewshirecouncil
· An information point is also operating at 58 Causeyside Street.