Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Major fire ravages celebrated Glasgow School of Art for second time

Major fire ravages celebrated Glasgow School of Art for second time

The fire comes after a blaze tore through the art school in May 2014, badly damaging the building designed by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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

Asked if any of the restoration work had been destroyed, Mr Heath replied: "I would say, given the extent of the fire, that would be a fair comment".

Mackintosh's building, which was so unpopular upon construction that its designer wasn't invited to the opening ceremony, became a symbol of the innovative and distinctive Glasgow Style-an worldwide icon of art nouveau architecture.

The famed Mackintosh Building in Scotland's biggest city has been "extensively damaged", fire chiefs said. "Whilst the fire in "the Mack" is devastating news, The Glasgow School of Art's immediate focus is on our students, and on the continuing operation of the GSA to ensure minimum disruption to students and staff", the statement provides.

The building was ravaged by fire in May 2014 and was due to re-open next year following a multi-million pound restoration project.

In recent years, the school has produced numerous UK's leading contemporary artists such as Douglas Gordon, David Shrigley, and three recent Turner Prize winners: Simon Starling in 2005, Richard Wright in 2009 and Martin Boyce in 2011.

More than 120 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, and a water pump from the River Clyde was used to douse the flames.

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Firefighters remained on the scene today to try and prevent further damage.

By morning the fire was under control, but smoke was still rising from the building as firefighters sprayed it from tall ladders.

Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish government was "ready to offer any help and support we can", and described the scene as one of "utter devastation".

"It's hard really to say much until there's an evaluation or report on the building".

The Mackintosh building was completed in 1909 based on designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland's most-lauded designer.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that no casualties have been reported.

It features a portrait of the designer looking through a stained-glass window made in his own distinctive art deco style.

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