Huge Bus Fire In North Lanarkshire

40 firefighters were called out to a blaze at a storage depot this morning which has damaged 50 commercial buses.

Around 100 people were also evacuated from nearby properties after it started in the early hours.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue crews were called to the Greenhill industrial estate in Coatbridge at around 2am.

Five engines tackled the blaze at its height.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said: ``Two appliances are still on scene. Around half the people have now been allowed back to their homes.''

There are no reports of any injuries.

George McGrandles, area commander for Lanarkshire for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service, told BBC Radio Scotland: ``Fifty buses was quite an intense fire and obviously there were five fire appliances there, something like 40 firefighters.''

He said some diesel tanks with some acetylene cylinders were a ``concern'' for firefighters.

``Most of the fire now has been extinguished, however, they've had to put some special procedures to deal with the acetylene cylinders,'' he added.

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