Glasgow fire: Major blaze ravages art school's Mackintosh building

A photo of the fire Image copyright Rocco Giudice

A large fire has broken out at the Glasgow School of Art for the second time in four years.

Fames and plumes of smoke are billowing from the roof of the world-renowned Mackintosh building in the city centre.

Nearby buildings have been evacuated as fire crews tackle the blaze, which witnesses said took hold “in the space of a few minutes”.

The building was ravaged by fire in May 2014 and a multi-million pound restoration project was under way.

Firefighters said crews were “working hard to extinguish the well-developed fire”.

BBC journalist Graham Stewart said explosions could be heard from the building, and large crowds had gathered nearby.

‘Glowing bright orange’

Duncan Kirkhope, BBC Scotland

I can see the flames from the BBC newsroom at Pacific Quay in Glasgow – which is the other side of the River Clyde from the Art School.

The flames are glowing bright orange in the dark sky beyond the curved roof of the SSE Hydro Arena.

They seem just as fierce now as they did when I first saw them at midnight.

Glasgow North East MP Paul Sweeney described the building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, as “the most architecturally important building in Glasgow”.

The Labour politician said the restoration effort had suffered a “horrific setback” which he hoped would be overcome.

“We cannot lose this building,” he added.

In a tweet, the school confirmed the Mackintosh building was on fire and said it would issue updates as soon as possible.

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