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Glasgow fire: Huge blaze breaks out in in Glasgow School of Art

At least 20 fire engines are on site and witnesses said flames were licking 50ft into the air within minutes of it starting At least 20 fire engines are on site and witnesses said flames were licking 50ft into the air within minutes of it starting
Pablo Mccormick | 16 June, 2018, 19:13

Firefighters are battling a massive blaze that has engulfed the famous Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building, which had been undergoing a multi-million restoration project following a devastating fire in 2014.

Images posted on social media showed huge plumes of smoke and flames billowing from the roof of the renowned art school on Friday night, though there was no immediate indication of how severe the damage was.

A fire which has ravaged the historic Mackintosh Building in Glasgow has spread to "several properties", the fire and rescue service said.

There is a fire at the Mackintosh Building.

Devastated that a major fire has broken out at the Glasgow School of Art tonight.

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Ben, an eyewitness, told the BBC the latest fire looked "much worse" than the previous one.

As the fire raged into Saturday morning, witnesses saw it spread to the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC.

Sam Patterson, vice president of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, said the spread of the fire throughout the entire building would make any restoration effort extremely hard.

Nicola Sturgeon has spoken out about the "extremely serious situation". "My first thoughts tonight are for the safety of people - but my heart also breaks for Glasgow's beloved [School of Art]".

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.

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Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the government "stands ready to help" deal with the aftermath of the fire at the architecturally important building.

Glasgow-born architect and designer Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a leading exponent of Art Nouveau, whose distinctive lines and lettering remain influential.

The flammable gases from a foam canister caught fire when they came into contact with the electrical equipment as work was being carried out on a nearby art installation.

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