Saturday, 16 June 2018

Glasgow's world-renowned School of Art gutted by another huge blaze

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 up to £35m.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Peter Heath said the fire damage was "exceptionally significant".

He said it was likely that all the restoration work carried out since the last fire had been destroyed.

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 blaze had now been largely contained, however, a few pockets of fire remained.

Burnt-out art school building

Aerial shot of the scene

BBC      News.

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