Major fire ravages Glasgow's world-renowned School of Art

At least 20 fire engines are on site and witnesses said flames were licking 50ft into the air within minutes of it starting

"The 2014 fire destroyed around 20% of the western wing of the building - a later extension completed in 1909, containing the spectacular library - with a further 30% smoke damaged".

Fire ripped through one of the world's top art schools in the Scottish city of Glasgow early Saturday, as the historic building was undergoing major restoration work following another blaze four years ago.

This was the second fire at the building in four years.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, who visited the scene today (June 16) says the damage from the latest "heartbreaking" fire is "much, much worse" than the previous blaze.

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".

Nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Authorities ordered evacuations after fire crews arrived at the scene to tackle the blaze.

Deputy chief officer of SFRS Iain Bushell said, "This is an extremely challenging and complex incident, but the response and professionalism of our firefighters have been exceptional".

He said that "halfway through the set a security guard came up waving his arms asking us to turn the music off".

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Paul Sweeney, the member of Parliament for Glasgow North East, tweeted that he was devastated by the blaze.

Fire crews are now tackling the blaze in the school's Mackintosh Building.

"I would like to thank the emergency services for their continued efforts".

Scotland's Daily Record newspaper reported that the blaze appeared to engulf the entire building, leading to concerns it may never be able to be fully restored. "The UK Government stands ready to help, financially or otherwise", he said in a statement.

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

More than 120 employees of firefighting and rescue service of Scotland trying to extinguish the Glasgow School of art.

The school's alumni include recent Turner Prize winners Simon Starling (2005), Richard Wright (2009) and Martin Boyce (2011).

This school is one of the rare masterpieces of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

He said it was too soon to determine the cause of the fire, which would be investigated by multiple agencies.

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