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Beloved Glasgow School of Art badly damaged by a 2nd fire

17 June 2018

"So relieved that there has been no loss of life", wrote Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter.

Now, the beloved building, most famed for its library, may never be restored to its former glory after a fire that began on June 15 caused possibly irreparable damage to the stonework. Obviously all of us hope the building can be saved but I think it's too early to draw any conclusions from that.

The latest blaze broke out of Friday night and has taken 120 firefighters to get under control.

Despite the scale of the blaze, no casualties have been reported.

Sam Patterson, vice president of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, said the spread of the fire throughout the entire building would make any restoration effort extremely hard.

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Huge flames engulfed the Mackintosh, known locally as the Mack, and spread to adjacent buildings including a nightclub and a theatre, creating an orange glow over the city skyline.

It has been described as "a working art school as well as a work of art", and has an A-list rating from Historic Scotland.

"The GSA and all of its buildings will remain closed for the next week, and we will provide updates as and when information is available".

A file photo of the school's Mackintosh building.

The building was ravaged by fire in May 2014 and a multi-million pound restoration project had been underway.

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Aiden continued to film the fire for approximately 30 minutes, commenting that despite the fire crews best efforts to fight the blaze, the fire only seemed to grow.

The Mackintosh building was completed in 1909 based on designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland's most-lauded designer.

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell tweeted that he had been to see the restoration work only two weeks ago and that his "heart goes out to all those who had worked so hard on it".

He said the government "stands ready to help, financially or otherwise".

Mackintosh's building, which was so unpopular upon construction that its designer wasn't invited to the opening ceremony, became a symbol of the innovative and distinctive Glasgow Style-an global icon of art nouveau architecture.

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Beloved Glasgow School of Art badly damaged by a 2nd fire