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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.


#gsa #glasgow art school clearing smoke shows the devastated top floor, flames still going strong.


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.


Commonwealth Games tickets set to go back on sale

Tickets for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will go back on sale today after long delays and technical problems caused the initial launch to be suspended last week.

Charlie Moore (aged 1), sitting on his dad Brett's shoulders, touches the Commonwealth Games Baton. Credit: Ben Birchall for Glasgow 2014

Around 50,000 tickets remain and they are set to be released over the next three days in a bid to manage demand on the website and phoneline.

During the initial launch, some customers were faced with hours of waiting, others were unsure if online transactions were completed and many were charged for an engaged tone when attempting to buy tickets on the phoneline.

The sale was stopped due to the problems with only half of the 100,000 tickets managing to be sold.

From 10am today, remaining seats at the opening and closing ceremonies will be available along with tickets to watch team sports such as hockey, netball and rugby sevens.

Read: Commonwealth Games medal designs revealed

Salmond: Flat demolition scrapping a 'sensible decision'

The Red Road flats in Glasgow that were due to be demolished as part of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
The Red Road flats in Glasgow that were due to be demolished as part of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed the decision taken by Glasgow 2014 organisers to drop the demolition of the Red Road flats from the Opening Ceremony.

"I think it's a sensible decision that will be widely welcomed and we've already seen indications of that," he said.

Carolyn Leckie praised 'people power' after the flat demolition was dropped.
Carolyn Leckie praised 'people power' after the flat demolition was dropped. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive

Former Scottish Socialist MSP Carolyn Leckie said she was 'relieved and extremely pleased' with the move.

"I think it's great, it's a sensible decision. I think everybody will be relieved and I think the over-17,000 people who expressed their views in the petition - making a lot of sensible comments, some of which were also based on safety - will be relieved," she said.


Demolition 'will now not feature' in Opening Ceremony

Plans to demolish city tower blocks as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony have been scrapped.

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 said opinions over the past few days had changed 'the safety and security content' of the proposal.

Glasgow 2014, Games Partners and key stakeholders, including Police Scotland and Glasgow Housing Association, are not prepared to allow what was proposed to be a positive act of commemoration to create risk for all concerned, including the communities of north east Glasgow.

The demolition of Red Road will now not feature as part of the Opening Ceremony.

– David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014

Sturgeon attends memorial service for Clutha victims

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour MP Jim Murphy and local council leader Gordon Matheson have joined hundreds of people at a memorial service for the 10 people who died in the Clutha helicopter crash.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke to ambulance workers outside St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Shadow International Development Secretary Jim Murphy joined family members, friends and community leaders at the memorial. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
David Mundell MP (left) and Glasgow City Council Leader Gordon Matheson (right) also paid their respects at the service. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police and fire service chiefs Alasdair Hay (left) and Sir Stephen House (right) both gave readings.

Read: Clutha pub survivors describe life after the helicopter crash

Family and friends pay their respects at the Clutha pub

Hundreds of family members and friends joined community leaders and government representatives at the hour-long memorial at St Andrew's Cathedral in Clyde Street, a short walk from the crash site.

Flowers are laid at the Clutha bar in Glasgow. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Tributes and messages were left at the Clutha bar in Glasgow, Scotland Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Flowers are laid at the Clutha bar in Glasgow. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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