At night, the Glasgow School of Art burned brightly as it did four years ago. The fire department did everything to extinguish the flames. It is unclear whether the buildings can be saved.
For the second time in less than four years, a major fire destroyed the Glasgow Art School. Eyewitnesses reported that the fire was said to be even more violent than it was then.
More than 120 firefighters did everything in their power to limit major damage to the famous Mackintosh Building. Nevertheless, the authorities spoke of severe damage to the building. Because the fire also spread to neighboring buildings, several people had to be evacuated and roads blocked.
The fire broke out on late Friday evening according to authorities. He has reached all floors of the building, including those that have been painstakingly restored after the fire of 2014, said Peter Heath of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. There are no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is unclear.
On Saturday morning it was said that the flames had not yet been completely extinguished, but were under the control of the forces. In May 2014, the Art Nouveau building was badly damaged by fire. At that time, a broken projector had ignited an art installation.
After extensive and expensive renovation work, the building was restored to its former glory. It was designed by artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It was built between 1897 and 1909.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote on Twitter that the devastation made it difficult to find words. One is grateful to the firefighters and all other forces – but you break the heart in view of the situation at the prestigious university.
Glasgow MP Paul Sweeney called for a “national show of strength” to “save and rebuild one of the finest monuments in world architectural history.”