Glasgow School of Art fire: historic Mackintosh building devastated by blaze

Hundreds of residents spilled out on to the streets to watch in horror as the fire rampaged across the landmark institution

"This is a devastating loss for Glasgow, absolutely devastating", Heath said.

Nearby buildings that could be at risk from the fire have been evacuated as a precaution, the fire service said.

A restoration project had been returning the famous art school to its former glory, with Brad Pitt and Peter Capaldi among those lending their support.

Officials said Saturday morning the fire was not completely out but was under control, and latest television footage showed firefighters continuing to spray jets of water at the building to try and prevent further damage.

Speaking as she visited the scene, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:"It's heartbreaking".

"Whilst the fire in "the Mack" is devastating news, The Glasgow School of Art's immediate focus is on our students, and on the continuing operation of the GSA to ensure minimum disruption to students and staff", the statement provides.

Hundreds of people in Scotland and beyond took to social media to express their shock at news footage of the burning building, which some said was as symbolic for Glaswegians as Big Ben was for Londoners.

Firefighters attend to a blaze at the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art, which is the second time in four years, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain June 16, 2018.

Alan Dunlop, professor of architecture at te Glasgow School told The Guardian, "The building does look as though from the inside it's been totally gutted".

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A number of roads around the art school were closed while crews tackled the blaze.

"Questions need to be asked, they spent so much on renovation, but this seems so much worse than the last one".

The two stage project has involved restoration of the Mackintosh building's roof before restoring the west wing and upgrading the east wing interior of the school.

"It is just a shell", she said.

The Scottish First Minister stated: "Once again, we are indebted to the bravery of our firefighters and other emergency services".

The UK government "stands ready to help, financially or otherwise", he added.

The Mackintosh building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built between 1897 and 1909, was severely damaged by a large fire in May 2014.

The fire in 2014 destroyed the building's library, which was recognised as being one of the finest examples of art nouveau in the world.

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