Major fire devastates Glasgow School of Art

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Glasgow’s world-renowned School associated with Art has been gutted by an additional huge blaze, four years right after part of the building was destroyed simply by fire.

Flames cut through the celebrated Mackintosh building right after it caught fire at about twenty three: 20 on Friday.

The blaze spread to close by buildings, including the Campus nightclub plus O2 ABC music venue, which usually suffered “extensive damage”.

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

It was destroyed in the blaze that will ripped through the building in May 2014 . It was being restored within a project estimated to cost as much as £ 35m.

The Scottish Fire plus Rescue Service said about fifty firefighters were still tackling Friday’s blaze with nine fire motors and four-high reach appliances in the scene.

A speaker said the fire, which has triggered “extensive damage”, had now already been largely contained, however , a few storage compartments of fire remained.

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Image caption The artwork school building has been devastated from the fire
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Unlike four years back, art students were not using the right now fire-ravaged building for their degree function.

An exhibition simply by graduating students took place at the close by McLellan Galleries and the school associated with art’s Reid Building.

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

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

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

SFRS area manager David Younger said: “The fire has now generally been contained but this continues to be a protracted incident and our own efforts very much continue at this stage in order to extinguish the fire and ensure the city is protected.

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

Firefighters sent to the particular scene had been faced with “an incredibly challenging and complex incident”, Mouthpiece Chief Officer Iain Bushell stated earlier. All floors of the constructing were affected.

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Firefighters utilized water from the River Clyde in order to tackle the blaze, resulting in a number of street closures in the area .

Insp Catherine McNally, of Law enforcement Scotland, praised the response associated with both the public and nearby certified premises which were asked to expels.

The morning right after

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Parts of Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street look normal for a Sunday morning. The rain falls seriously on top of chip boxes, the remains providing breakfast for many a starving bird.

But the existence of fire engines, police officers, confused passers-by and an acrid odor of smoke in the air indicate this really is far from normal.

Smoke cigarettes still billows from the Glasgow College of Art, the Campus club and the O2 ABC venue, with the streets around the area closed.

Once again, the people of Glasgow are watching on as one of the most famous buildings is on fire.

Once again, the words “so sad” are heard on every part.

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

“This is a blaze, home is just going up like a tinderbox. It might be quite shocking, ” he mentioned.

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Media caption Glasgow School of Artwork ‘extensively damaged’

At the scene

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Water remains being pumped onto Glasgow College of art this morning, though medical personnel now say they have contained the particular blaze which has so extensively crinkled the Mackintosh building there might still be pockets of fire flaring up.

The particular operation on the ABC building across the street they still describe as energetic firefighting, the fire spread towards the roof of that building though is actually smoke more than flames visible in the street, now.

Deputy assistant chief fire official Peter Heath says there is harm to every part of the Mackintosh building, as well as the fire had such a grip from the building when they arrived here soon after 23: 15 last night, that they how to start where it started let alone just how.

Initial opinions are that it seems unlikely that will any of the restoration work carried out considering that fire ripped through the building 4 years ago, will have survived this newest blaze.

Connor Neil, twenty two, said people were being evacuated off their homes and there was a “big orange light” which could be seen through streets away.

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Image caption The building has been undergoing restoration works after the prior fire in 2014

One Twitter consumer posted a video of the O2’s roofing appearing to collapse as medical personnel sprayed water onto the building through an aerial platform.

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Image caption Large crowds gathered and appeared on as firefighters tackled the particular blaze
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Image caption The fireplace ripped through the newly-restored building upon Friday night
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Image caption The fire could be seen all through Glasgow city centre

Stuart Robertson, the director from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, mentioned the second fire was “unbelievable”.

“It is like deja assist