A GLASGOW hospital which was on fire on Tuesday night has been targeted repeatedly by youths, it has emerged.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board said they will work with both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to protect the derelict building at the old Stobhill Hospital from further damage.

Glasgow Times:

At the height of the blaze, around 100 firefighters were working at the scene in Balornock Road, Springburn.

Crews said yesterday that the flames have largely been contained but “a few pockets” are still being extinguished. There were no casualties.

A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board said: “The decommissioned buildings on the old Stobhill part of the site have been prioritised for a phased demolition programme.

“Unfortunately the buildings have been targeted on a number of occasions by local youths who have caused sustained damage.”

Glasgow Times:

He added: We have been working closely with Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on how we protect these buildings from further damage and fire until the buildings are demolished.

“We have taken a range of measures including strengthening fencing and increasing manned security which is on site 24/7. We have also increased our CCTV detection across the campus to allow us to respond immediately to any potential issues.”

Glasgow Times:

Police are working with the fire service to investigate the cause of the blaze and have appealed for information.

Detective Inspector Craig McPhail said: “Any fire is dangerous and the incident last night at the derelict building at Stobhill Hospital had the potential to affect the working hospital on the same grounds.

“Thankfully, nobody was inside the derelict building and no neighbouring buildings needed to be evacuated.”