Fire ravages Glasgow School of Art building

  • Fire ravages Glasgow School of Art building

Fire ravages Glasgow School of Art building

Scottish Fire and Rescue are "doing everything they can to salvage the most architecturally important building in Glasgow", he said.

Flames ripped through the celebrated Mackintosh building, after it caught fire at around 11.15 pm, on Friday, the BBC report said.

Labour and Co-operative MP for Glasgow North East, Paul Sweeney added: "Devastated that a major fire has broken out at the Glasgow School of Art tonight".

It comes four years after fire ravaged the Glasgow School of Art building and a multi-million pound restoration project had been returning the famous art school to its former glory.

Iain Bushell, deputy chief officer for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, told the broadcaster that efforts to bring the fire under control are expected to be "prolonged", and firefighters were facing "an extremely challenging and complex incident".

"The fire has taken hold several properties including the 02 ABC nightclub causing extensive damage".

About 50 crew remained at the scene almost 12 hours later, working to extinguish "a few pockets of fire", the fire service said.

The school confirmed the fire in a tweet on Saturday morning.

He won a competition to design the building in 1897 and it took around 10 years to complete but is now a landmark in the city, with special government-protected status.

The club and surrounding venues like Campus suffered "extensive damage" as flames and smoke poured into the night sky from the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) building.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her heart "breaks for Glasgow's beloved" art school.

"The Glasgow School of Art was a home away from home for 4 years and still such an important part of my life".

Police Scotland advised the public to avoid the area, and said areas around Dalhousie St, Scott St and Sauchiehall St were all affected by road closures.

"It is hard to find words to convey the utter devastation felt here and around the world for the iconic Mackintosh building", she said.

The Mackintosh building is named after its architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland's most influential designer.

"This is clearly an extremely serious situation". Massive fire at the Art School.