Firefighters begin to remove items from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building
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Glasgow Art School fire 'extremely challenging' to extinguish

About 200 firefighters were involved in putting out the fire which destroyed the library in the Glasgow School of Art's Charles Rennie Mackintosh building on Friday.

Assistant Chief Officer Dave Goodhew, who was incident commander for about eight hours, told BBC Scotland, it was an "extremely challenging" fire.

"This is a beautiful building with a great heritage, truly loved by the people of Scotland," he said.

"The fire started in the basement and soon spread to the roof. It is a very old building so we knew it would be a particularly difficult fire to fight and extinguish."

  • 25 May 2014