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Residents urged to keep windows closed amid blaze

Residents in Renfrew near Glasgow are being advised to keep their windows closed as firefighters tackle a major blaze at an industrial recycling establishment.

15 fire appliances, including three specialist vehicles and approximately 75 firefighters are at the scene. Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze using a number of main water jets, including one from a specialist height vehicle.

The incident is currently ongoing and it is estimated firefighters will remain at the scene 'fore a considerable length of time'. Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

"Residents in the area are advised to keep their windows closed due to the large plume of smoke. ”

Huge fire under way at scrapyard near Glasgow

A huge fire is under way at an old scrapyard near Glasgow with flames 40-50ft high.

A huge fire is under way at a scrapyard near Glasgow. Credit: ITV News/Andrew Henderson
The view over to the old scrapyard near Glasgow. Credit: ITV News/Andrew Henderson
The flames are reaching 40-50ft high. Credit: ITV News/Andrew Henderson

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Sir Alex Ferguson visits hospital as Unicef ambassador

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has returned to hometown of Glasgow to visit Southern General Hospital in his role as Unicef ambassador.

The retired Manchester United manager met new mother Rebecca Young and her twin boys Elliot and Sandy, along with nurses at the hospital to see how Unicef supports new families.

Sir Alex Ferguson meeting Rebecca Young, her twin boys Elliot and Sandy and neonatal nurse Judith Barnett during his visit. Credit: Unicef/PA Wire

"As a father and grandfather, I value strong family relationships. Seeing this level of expertise at this hospital emphasises to me how important it is for mothers to have the vital support they need to help nurture their children and give them the best start in life," Sir Alex said.

The 72-year-old also met Kimberley Black, who has spent the last week in the hospital's neonatal unit with her 12-day-old son Jason.

Sir Alex Ferguson meeting Kimberley Black and her son Jason during his visit to Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Credit: Unicef/PA Wire

The charity is working with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to promote its baby-friendly initiative 'Put Children First', which aims to improve health and reduce disease, poverty and exploitation among children.

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.

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:

Fire rips through Glasgow School of Art

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. 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. 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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