Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has praised emergency services after it was revealed that a firefighter is seriously ill in hospital after a wall collapsed while he tackled a suspicious blaze at a former social club.
Seven crews were called to the old Larkfield Masonic Association premises in Auchmead Road, Greenock.
He was among a team of 24 firefighters that were called to the former social club just after midnight.
The firefighter was injured after an external wall collapsed. He is being treated at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
An investigation is under way into the incident and the cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious.
He has sustained a number of injuries and remains in hospital. He and his family are been fully supported at this time through a family liaison officer. All attending crews will be supported through internal welfare provisions and procedures.
Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently on scene carrying out a joint investigation into fire.
Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Our thoughts are with the firefighter, his family and colleagues at this difficult time.
“The dedication and courage of firefighters reminds us of the debt of gratitude we all owe the brave men and women who serve in our emergency services.
“The bravery of firefighters such as these who are willing to put themselves at extreme risk to keep people in our communities safe from harm reminds us of what first class organisations our emergency services are.”
“It’s reassuring to know we are so well looked after when tragedy threatens to strike. They do an outstanding job and provide a great service for our communities.”
“Thankfully, no members of the public were hurt in the incident. I would urge anyone with any information about the fire to contact Police Scotland as soon as possible.”