Two cars destroyed in Glasgow as fire rips through peaceful southside neighbourhood

A southside man has been left shocked after a fire ripped through a 'peaceful' southside neighbourhood in the early hours of the morning.

Lorn MacDonald had just left his home in the Gorbals at around 4am on Saturday, June 8, when he noticed black smoke billowing into the air from McNeil Street. The hospitality worker turned the corner to find the street glowing orange with flames coming from two cars.

The local phoned 999 but moments later fire crews arrived after being called by someone else. Police are now investigating the fire which left two cars burnt out wrecks and left a third damaged.

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Speaking to Glasgow Live, he said: "I came outside and noticed some black smoke rising behind an opposite building. I immediately contacted 999.

"Not knowing exactly where it was from. But it looked bad.

Three cars were damaged.
Three cars were damaged. -Credit:Lorn MacDonald

"As I took a walk while on the phone to the emergency service to give them more information I watched the fire engine drive up the street. Someone had already just called them. And they tackled it fairly quickly.

"It was quite ablaze before they got there. It was hard to tell how many cars were actually alight. I then left them to it and went back to bed. I got a shock. It’s such a peaceful neighbourhood. I hope this wasn’t deliberate.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 4.10am on Saturday, 8 June, 2024, we attended McNeil Street, Glasgow where three vehicles were on fire.

"The fire was extinguished by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and enquiries will be carried out to establish the cause."

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "The call came in at 4.02am at McNeil Street in Glasgow.

"We had reports of two cars on fire and we did attend. The fire was extinguished and the area secured."

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