Town where six homes were destroyed by raging inferno had no fire engines at nearby East Kilbride depot

RESIDENTS burned out of their street by a huge blaze faced a crucial delay for help – because their local fire depot had no engines.

Six homes were destroyed in East Kilbride last week after the inferno took hold.

The aftermath of Friday's fire in Whitelee, East Kilbride

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The aftermath of Friday’s fire in Whitelee, East KilbrideCredit: © Michael McGurk 2023
Flames rip through the properties as crews battle the blaze

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Flames rip through the properties as crews battle the blazeCredit: John Kirkby News Group newspapers
A firefighter helps get the inferno under control.

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A firefighter helps get the inferno under control.Credit: Tom Farmer

But firefighters took almost 20 minutes to respond because appliances were sent from Clarkston – almost nine miles from the scene.

We can reveal the engines based at East Kilbride town centre – just three miles from the fire – were being used elsewhere for a training exercise.

Union chiefs today slammed cost-cutting measures that meant no emergency cover was on-site in East Kilbride – home to

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