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article imageGlasgow School of Art catches fire Special

By Amanda Payne     May 23, 2014 in Entertainment
Glasgow - The iconic Glasgow School of Art building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is in flames, with a column of smoke visible from across the city.
The fire appears to have started in the basement , with some students blaming an exploding projector, and quickly took hold, spreading throughout the building. The fire service received several 999 calls at 12:30 p.m. and rushed to the scene. Flames billowed through windows and out of the roof.
Everyone appears to have been safely evacuated from the building, with students standing outside the police cordon crying as they watch six fire engines and crew tackle the blaze.
The damage to the building appears to be extensive and of course, students work has been destroyed just as they were completing their end of year portfolios. Twitter has exploded with messages in regards to the fire, an outpouring of grief at the loss of one of the most famous buildings in the city. It is believed that the archives and the library have also been destroyed.
The building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built by Glasgow architects Honeyman and Kepple. It was completed in 1897. As well as being a place for students to study, it is also a tourist attraction with 20,000 visitors a year admiring the style of the building and visiting the museum.
Update at 16:30 local time: The building is still on fire. Eyewitness, David Young, told Digital Journal: "The roof of the west end of the building is still alight with smoke coming from lower windows. There are crowds of people standing around watching but the area has been cordoned off by police." We asked David how he felt at seeing the beautiful building on fire. He replied "As a Glaswegian born and bred, this is so terrible to see. One can only hope that it will be restored to its former glory."
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