Glasgow School of Art fire, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Monday 18 Jun 2018
Credit: David Sivyer

Architects: Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art devastated by fire

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service incident commander at the scene of the Glasgow School of Art fire said the building was in a poor state

A massive fire has devastated Glasgow's famous art school building for the second time in four years. According to the BBC, firefighters were called to the celebrated Mackintosh building at about 23:20 on Friday 15th June. When they arrived the fire was already "well-developed". At one point 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines were at the scene. The firefighters used water from the nearby  River Clyde to tackle the blaze with fire crews  from as far away as Perth and West Lothian attending the scene. Fire service area manager David Young said the building was in a "poor state" with extensive damage to the roof, the floors and the interiors

  • Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the fire was "heartbreaking"
  • Ms Sturgeon said the damage was far worse than four years ago and the building was "just a shell"
  • She promised the Scottish government would do all it could to help
  • Fire chiefs said they could not say how or where the fire started
  • Neighbouring buildings including the ABC music venue have also been damaged

The fire is all the more devastating as it comes within weeks of the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth and as celebrations were taking place to mark this event.

Read WAN’s profile of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his work here.


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