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Firefighters tackle blaze at Glasgow School of Art

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

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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

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