Fire at Glasgow’s under-construction Hydro concert centre

Glasgow fire fighters extinguished a fire at the soon-to-be finished Hydro concert venue on Saturday evening (8 June).

The fire was attended by 40 fire fighters and four fire engines after “billowing smoke and flames” was seen coming from the venue’s roof.

The £125m live entertainment venue is situated alongside the Scottish Conference and Exhibition Centre (SECC) on the River Clyde and is set to open in September 2013.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Fire fighters upon their arrival were met with a developing fire within the roof space of the building which is currently under construction and in recognising the complexity of the structure in relation to where the fire was located the incident commander immediately requested additional special ’High Reach’ appliances to attack the fire.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way by the services’ incident research and investigation section in conjunction with Police Scotland.

As well as famous singers and performers such as Rod Stewart, the Hydro will host events of all kinds and some of the Commonwealth Games events in 2014.

Built on the site of the former Queens’s Dock with a seating capacity of 12,000 and a projected audience of one million visitors each year, The Hydro aims to be one of the top five busiest indoor music arenas in the world.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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