Glasgow’s Alfa Wholesale cash and carry devastated by blaze

An investigation is to be carried out into a large fire which broke out last Friday (13th April) at the Alfa Wholesale cash and carry depot close to the centre of Glasgow.

More than 30 firefighters from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue tackled the blaze at the C amp;C – which specialises in ethnic, grocery and catering supplies – on Lancefield Street, Finnieston.

Smoke and flames were visible over a large part of the city centre after the fire took hold at about 8.30pm. Police said no-one was injured in the incident, but Glasgow City Council has confirmed that what remains of the depot will have to be demolished. Alfa has temporarily ceased trading until it can find new premises.
Strathclyde Fire amp; Rescue said the blaze was brought under control at around 03:20am on the Saturday. The service said there was a threat of oil contaminating nearby drains and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was monitoring the situation. Inspectors from Glasgow City Council’s building control team were also at the scene.

Eyewitness and Alfa customer Bobby Pagipalli, speaking to BBC Scotland, said he saw dark smoke when the fire first started.”There was a really heavy smell earlier from the fire, although it’s gone now. It was a smell of mixed oil – very strong. I used to go to the cash and carry. They’re a big place, and they sell drinks, food and also all sorts of cooking oils, vegetable oil, sunflower oil.”

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