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Glasgow fire: Art school’s Mackintosh building extensively damaged

Glasgow’s world-renowned School of Art has been gutted by another huge blaze, four years after part of the building was destroyed by fire.

Flames ripped through the celebrated Mackintosh building after it caught fire at about 23:20 on Friday.

The blaze spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue, which suffered “extensive damage”.

The renovated Mackintosh library had been due to reopen next year.

It was destroyed in the blaze that ripped through the building in May 2014. It was being restored in a project estimated to cost between £20m and £35m.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said about 50 firefighters were still tackling Friday’s blaze with nine fire engines and four-high reach appliances at the scene.

A spokesman said the fire, which has caused “extensive damage”, had now been largely contained, however, a few pockets of fire remained.




Burnt-out art school building




Aerial shot of the sceneImage copyrightPOLICE SCOTLAND

Fire crews are concentrating efforts on all four sides of the buildings, from Dalhousie Street to Sauchiehall Street and into Renfrew Street.

Nearby homes have been evacuated as a precaution. There are not thought to have been any injuries.

At its height, a total of 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines were at the scene.



Map of Glasgow School of Art

SFRS area manager David Young said: “The fire has now largely been contained but this remains a protracted incident and our efforts very much continue at this stage to extinguish the fire and ensure the community is protected.

“There will be disruption around Dalhousie Street, Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street and I would advise the public to avoid these areas at this present time.

Firefighters sent to the scene had been faced with “an extremely challenging and complex incident”, Deputy Chief Officer Iain Bushell said earlier. All floors of the building were affected.


Fire at Mackintosh building
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