Glasgow fire: Art school's Mackintosh building ravaged

17 June, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • A huge fire is raging through the Glasgow School of Art with smoke billowing flames visible for more than 10 miles

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, tweeted her relief that people were safe but said her heart was also breaking for Glasgow's "beloved" School of Art.

The Glasgow School of Art has spent millions of dollars in recent years on a restoration project, after the same historic building was devastated by fire in 2014 - caused by a foam canister used by one of the students for an art exhibition.

It said: "There is a fire at the Mackintosh Building". Obviously all of us hope the building can be saved but I think it's too early to draw any conclusions from that.

He said firefighters who had battled to save the building four years ago were distraught to be back at the scene after it went up in flames again.

But much of that work has been wrecked, firefighters confirmed, after rushing to tackle the inferno which broke out at around 11:20 pm (2220 GMT) on Friday. The area was swiftly evacuated and no casualties were reported.

The fire at Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh building began yesterday evening.

Huge flames engulfed the Mackintosh, known locally as the Mack, and spread to adjacent buildings including a nightclub and a theatre, creating an orange glow over the city skyline.

"This is a devastating loss for Glasgow, absolutely devastating", Mr Heath said. It was being restored in a project estimated to cost up to £35m.


"The GSA and all of its buildings will remain closed for the next week, and we will provide updates as and when information is available".

Alan Dunlop, professor of architecture at te Glasgow School told The Guardian, "The building does look as though from the inside it's been totally gutted".

Around two hours into the incident, a spokesperson for the fire service told Sky News that the blaze is "well developed" and firefighters are "working hard" to extinguish it.

"Scotland Fire and Rescue are doing everything they can to salvage the most architecturally important building in Glasgow".

"This is clearly an extremely serious situation".

"Whilst the fire in "the Mack" is devastating news, The Glasgow School of Art's immediate focus is on our students, and on the continuing operation of the GSA to ensure minimum disruption to students and staff", the statement provides.

The UK government "stands ready to help, financially or otherwise", he added.

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