"War zone" in Glasgow as men hurt in suspected gangland fight

Scottish police investigation launched after several are hospitalised

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A recovery vehicle removes a burnt out van from the scene | Photo: PA Images

Three men have been taken to hospital after a fight in a Glasgow street which saw several vehicles torched.

Eyewitnesses described the scene of the fight as being like a "war zone", with the streets gridlocked by emergency service vehicles.

A towering fire was reported at the scene and one boy was seen "covered in blood" on Frankfield Road, off Cardowan Road, this afternoon.

Police Scotland said all three men taken to hospital are in a stable condition.

A police spokesman added that he thought the disorder was "likely to be rival gangs fighting".

Local resident Frank Kerr, 59, said: "I saw a boy sitting in a paramedic's van. He was covered in blood, but I didn't see what happened to him.

"It's very rare for this neck of the woods. There was a fire at the end of the street, and I heard tyres blowing up.

"There were police, fire brigade, ambulances, tow trucks, you name it, everything was here."

He added: "I didn't hear any gunshots, just tyres blowing up with the heat."

Another eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, said he saw two vans on fire with flames "as high as a house".

"I was washing my car and I saw high flames and smoke, then the fire brigade came," he said.

Police Scotland said inquiries are ongoing, adding it could not comment on the nature or the cause of the victims' injuries.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: "We got called out to a van on fire. The incident has been handed over to the police."