Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

The Glasgow School Of Art devastated by second fire in four years

The Glasgow School Of Art devastated by second fire in four years

The fire was first reported at about 20 minutes before midnight on Friday, when the city center was full of people enjoying a night out, including many School of Art students celebrating their graduation which took place earlier.

Firefighters at the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art sought to limit damage to the historic building after a dramatic fire that ravaged it spread to neighboring properties and led to several evacuations.

The Mackintosh building is named after its architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland's most influential designer.

Social media images and videos showed large flames engulfing the building, but there is no indication yet as to how severe the damage will be.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), who were still working to extinguish the flames on Saturday morning, said no-one was killed or injured in the incident.

The Mackintosh building was badly damaged by fire in May 2014 and was due to re-open next year following a multi-million pound restoration project.

The fire "has reached from the ground floor right through to the roof", he said.

Fire crews are now tackling the blaze in the school's Mackintosh Building.

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Eyewitnesses told the BBC that the fire looked "much worse" than the last one.

People gather in the Glasgow city centre as firefighters tackle the fire at the art school.

Police have advised the public to avoid the area, and have closed off roads surrounding the art school.

Glasgow North East MP Paul Sweeney tweeted: '(Firefighters) are doing everything they can to salvage the most architecturally important building in Glasgow'.

He tweeted: "Glasgow School of Art is on fire again".

He added: "Oh dear, the 1909 library extension, that was the origin of the 2014 blaze is now fully alight too. So relieved that there has been no loss of life", wrote Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter.

"This is clearly an extremely serious situation. The best we can probably hope for is structural facade retention and a complete rebuild of the interior".

"Once again, we are indebted to the bravery of our firefighters and other emergency services".

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