Firefighters tackle blaze at Glasgow School of Art

Firefighters are battling a blaze at Glasgow School Of Art, as smoke spread across the city.

Glasgow artwork salvage operation underway

A salvage operation has continued through the night to "save everything that can be saved" from a fire at Glasgow School of Art's Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.

Flames engulfted a world-famous art school building yesterday as students worked to complete their end-of-year assessments.

Firefighters who were at the scene within four minutes of receiving the first emergency call brought the blaze under control and said more than 90% of the structure was "viable".

Part of one of Europe's leading art schools, the listed Mackintosh-designed building is a tourist attraction in its own right and at over a hundred years old is one of Scotland's most "iconic" structures.

We are of course very conscious the Mackintosh is a world renowned building that is a key feature of this great city, and that the artworks it stores are not only valuable but also cherished.

– Fire brigade assistant chief officer Dave Boyle

Fire crews save structure of famous building after blaze

Fire crews tackling a major blaze at a world-famous art school said they have prevented the destruction of the building's structure and the majority of its contents.

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The listed Mackintosh-designed building is a tourist attraction in its own right.
The listed Mackintosh-designed building is a tourist attraction in its own right. Credit: ITV News

Flames engulfed Glasgow School of Art's Charles Rennie Mackintosh building at around 12.30pm, with firefighters battling all day to save one of Scotland's most famous structures.

The blaze has now been brought under control after what has been described as a "very black day" for the institution.

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Celebrities mourn loss of Rennie Mackintosh building

Celebrities in Scotland have expressed their sadness after fire ripped through the Glasgow School of Art.

Singer Lily Allen who is currently on tour in Scotland, Scottish actor Colin McCredie, who played DC Stuart Fraser in detective drama Taggart and Edinburgh-based crime writer Ian Rankin all tweeted about the fire:

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Oh no! This Glasgow School Of Art fire is devastating.

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Just heard about devastating fire at Glasgow School of Art - one of Scotland's most iconic buildings. Sad sad news.

Fire rips through Glasgow School of Art

Flames billow out of the windows of the art school.
Flames billow out of the windows of the art school. Credit: ITV News

Fire crews have blasted the flames with a water jet while flames could be seen through the scorched windows and billowing out of the roof of Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.

Fire crews blasted the flames with a water jet.
Fire crews blasted the flames with a water jet. Credit: ITV News

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have sent several appliances from Cowcaddens, Yorkhill and Maryhill fire stations to the fire at the famous sandstone building.

Fire crews at the scene.
Fire crews at the scene. Credit: ITV News

Students and staff 'evacuated' from Glasgow fire

The Glasgow school of Art has tweeted that students and staff have been "evacuated" from the building after a blaze took hold, and they are now "safe".

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Everyone safe & evacuated. On behalf of staff and students, thank you to all who have expressed concern over Twitter. Updates as they come.

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The Mackintosh building is on fire, all have been evacuated & we will post updates as we get them. Currently setting up an incident number.

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Smoke drifts across Glasgow from art school blaze

Smoke has been drifting across Glasgow's skyline as firefighters battle with a blaze at an Glasgow Art School.

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Firefighters battle blaze at Glasgow School Of Art

Firefighters are battling a blaze at Glasgow School Of Art, as eyewitnesses reported flames coming from the rear building.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said officers received 999 calls reporting a fire at the Macintosh Building shortly before 12:30pm.

Four fire engines were immediately sent from Cowcaddens, Yorkhill and Maryhill fire stations and firefighters were on scene within four minutes. The incident is ongoing and officers said they had no further information at this time.