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By Amanda Payne     May 24, 2014 in Entertainment
Glasgow - The quick response of the fire service, arriving within four minutes of the first call to the emergency services, has meant they were able to save more of the Glasgow School of Art building than had been thought possible.
Fire broke out at the iconic Glasgow landmark at lunchtime on Friday May 23 when a projector exploded in the basement, setting alight some foam being used for an art installation.
The building had been very busy with students preparing work for their end of year and end of degree presentations but everyone was evacuated safely, some by fire fighters using breathing apparatus. Incredibly, no one was injured.
The fire at the Glasgow School of Art
The fire at the Glasgow School of Art
David Young
The swift response meant that around 90 percent of the building is still viable, meaning that it will be possible to restore the building to its former glory. The Daily Record wrote: "What had earlier looked like a national disaster turned into one of the city’s most remarkable rescue efforts."
Fire crews have worked through the night to try and save as much of the contents as they could. Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Boyle told the media:
"While the priority from the outset was to save life we have also been working closely with GSA staff to ensure firefighters conducted an effective salvage operation.We are of course very conscious the Mackintosh is a world renowned building that is a key feature of this great city, and that the artworks it stores are not only valuable but also cherished.We are acutely aware this period is the culmination of years of endeavour for students and that their irreplaceable work is inside the Mackintosh.Work to save everything that can be saved is ongoing and we will continue to work closely with GSA staff and students throughout this operation."
The fire at the Glasgow School of Art
The fire at the Glasgow School of Art
David Young
Fire crews are still on the scene, although the main blaze has been put out. Work continues to ensure the building is safe and that as much of the contents as possible are moved to safety. It is believed that around 70% of the contents have been saved but until the operation is complete, the exact extent of the loss will not be known.
The Glasgow School of Art is a national treasure and messages have flooded in from around the world. Among the famous who attended the school are Robbie Coltrane, star of the 'Harry Potter' films, Travis frontman Fran Healy and Peter Capaldi, star of Dr Who and many other films and television series.
The fire at the Glasgow School of Art
The fire at the Glasgow School of Art
David Young
It is thanks to the Scottish Fire Service that the Glasgow School of Art was saved from total destruction. On their Twitter feed, the Glasgow School of Art posted this message:
"A massive thank you to @scotfire_west for your courage, strength and audacity today."
This is a sentiment shared by Glaswegians and art lovers around the world.
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