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Renfrewshire recycling fire halts trains

A large fire at a recycling facility in Renfrewshire is disrupting rail services in the area.

Network Rail train services on the Glasgow to Ayr railway line were stopped and air traffic control officers were informed to alert pilots flying in and out of Glasgow International Airport, after a blaze started at a recycling site in Floors Street, Johnstone.

Disruption on the rail route is expected until later this afternoon.

Around 80 fire fighters and 12 fire engines battled the yard fire, which started last night, to stop it spreading to neighbouring buildings, while police evacuated some nearby residents from their homes. Fire fighters continued to dampen down the fire this morning.

Strathclyde Fire & Resuce Service said that there was a large quantity of recycling materials involved in the fire. Crews form Paisley and Renfrew Community Fire stations, as well as Glasgow, Dunbartonshrie, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire were also involved.

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and Strathclyde Police said it would investigate the cause of the fire.

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