Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Beloved Glasgow School of Art badly damaged by a 2nd fire

Beloved Glasgow School of Art badly damaged by a 2nd fire

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, who visited the scene today (June 16) says the damage from the latest "heartbreaking" fire is "much, much worse" than the previous blaze.

Flames and smoke engulfed one of Scotland's architectural gems, the Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art, for the second time in four years, the Scottish fire service said on Saturday.

The Mackintosh building had been due to re-open next year after millions of pounds in restoration works following a fire in May 2014. Crews were called to tackle the blaze at around 11.20pm, and it is now under control. No casualties were reported.

Fire took hold of the Glasgow School of Art building in May 2014 in the run-up to the students' degree show, and graduation ceremonies had taken place at the institution earlier on Friday.

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"(It's) an absolutely tragic night for Glasgow, Scotland, art, architecture and culture as a whole", he said.

'There is a fire at the Mackintosh Building.

By morning, the Grade-A listed structure could be seen gutted against the morning sun, with stone pillars and destroyed timber framing among the only remaining elements of the iconic, pioneering Arts and Crafts-style structure designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1896.

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A restoration project, set to cost between £20 million and £35 million ($26.5 million and $46.5 million; 23 and 40 million euros), had been returning the world-renowned institution to its former glory following a fire in 2014.

The fire officer said the blaze was a "devastating loss for Glasgow", with firefighters dealing with a "sense of loss" along with the city's people.

Robertson said he had been in the building a few weeks ago to look at how the restoration was progressing.

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

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"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.

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