Report: Glasgow School of Art fire

Key points

  • Fire crews are tackling a blaze at the A listed Glasgow School of Art in the centre of the city
  • An eyewitness said the fire appeared to have started in the basement of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building in Renfrew Street just before 12:30.
  • The dramatic art nouveau design of the Glasgow School of Art building took 12 years to be completed, finally opening in 1909

Live text

Reporting:

  • Steven Brocklehurst 
  • Marianne Taylor 

STANDARD 13:44

Fire crews are tackling a blaze at the A-listed Glasgow School of Art in the centre of the city

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An eyewitness said the fire appeared to have started in the basement of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building in Renfrew Street just before 12:30.

STANDARD 13:51

Chef Austin Yuill, who was evacuated from the area, told BBC Scotland: "One whole side of this massive building is pretty much alight, billowing with smoke, coming out of pretty much all of the first floor and the top floor windows and firefighters were really going at it."

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Steven Annett Police have shut roads on Renfrew Street to allow fire crews to tackle the blaze

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Tony Halbert Flames are pictured from the roof of the building

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Maura Currie Maura Currie sent this picture of flames escaping from the building

STANDARD 13:56

A post on Twitter from the School of Art said: "The Mackintosh building is on fire, all have been evacuated & we will post updates as we get them. Currently setting up an incident number."

STANDARD 13:56

Broadcaster Muriel Gray, former student and current chairwoman of the school, arrived and burst into tears when she saw the building in flames.

STANDARD 13:57

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh design is a Categiry A-listed building and is a tourist attraction in its own right. It was completed in 1909 and is regarded as one of the finest buildings in Scotland.

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Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

tweets: Thoughts with everyone @GSofA. The Mackintosh Building is not just part of Glasgow's heritage - it is a national treasure.