A MAN has been arrested after a fire at a block of flats in Blairdardie.

Police launched an investigation after the blaze took place on the common landing of the 13th floor of the block at 2231 Great Western Road on the evening of Tuesday, May 17.

People living on the 13th floor had to be taken to safety and a 35-year-old man was rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital showing signs of smoke inhalation before later being discharged. 

Police now say the same man has been identified as being allegedly responsible for setting the fire. 

He has been arrested and charged in connection with the reported incident and will appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday. 

DI Kenny McDonald said: "Detectives conducted local enquiries, spoke to residents, and reviewed CCTV.

"The same 35-year-old man was identified as responsible for setting the fire, was arrested and charged, and will be appearing later today at Glasgow Sheriff Court. 

"The motive for the fire is unknown." 

The blaze was brought under control quickly and no one was injured or evacuated during the incident.

However, residents of all five flats on the 13th floor had to be placed in temporary accommodation.