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Firefighters battle ‘large and well developed’ blaze in Greenock

The fire is said to have started at around 5pm on Thursday.

The fire is said to have started at around 5pm (James Semple/PA)
The fire is said to have started at around 5pm (James Semple/PA)

Police have urged people to stay away as firefighters battle a large blaze in Greenock.

The fire, at a building on Jamaica Street, is said to have started at around 5pm on Thursday.

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Several fire engines attended the blaze (James Semple/PA)

A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Operations Control mobilised a number of fire engines to the town’s Jamaica Street, where firefighters were met by a large and well developed fire.

“Crews currently remain on the scene working to extinguish the fire.”

A funeral home nearby was forced to move bodies to another premises as fire crews tackled the blaze.

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A funeral home had to move bodies from the premises (Green Oak/Facebook)

In a post on their Facebook page, Green Oak Funeral Services said that their landlines were unavailable but “all loved ones were being cared for in our Port Glasgow premises”.

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The blaze could be seen from several miles away (David Foster/PA)

At around 9pm, several hours after the blaze began and with firefighters still on the scene, Police announced that several roads around the area would remain closed.

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