Glasgow’s School of Art has been hit by another fire, just four years after a similar incident that destroyed the building.
The fire broke out after 11 in the evening on Friday.
The Scottish fire and rescue service said that they were dealing with an “extremely challenging” situation. No casualties have since been reported.
The Mackintosh building experienced a similar fire in May 2014. However, witnesses informed the BBC that it looked “much worse” this time.
Over 20 fire engines and 120 firefighters were sent to the scene of the fire.
Iain Bushell, the Deputy Chief Officer of the Scottish fire and rescue service, stated: “This is an extremely challenging and complex incident, but the response and professionalism of our firefighters has been exceptional.”
He added: “The fire has taken hold several properties including the 02 ABC nightclub causing extensive damage.
“This will be a prolonged incident and crews will remain on the scene as they work to prevent further fire spread and damage.
He continued: “We would urge the occupants of surrounding buildings to remain indoors and keep their windows closed.”
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said that the building had been “extensively damaged.” The damages include the multi-million-pound restoration work that was carried out in the aftermath of the previous fire.
David Young, the SFRS area manager, stated: “The fire has now largely been contained, but this remains a protracted incident and our efforts very much continue at this stage to extinguish the fire and ensure the community is protected.”
He added: “There will be disruption around Dalhousie Street, Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street and I would advise the public to avoid these areas at this present time.”
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, stated: “I would like to thank our firefighters on the ground and our operations control firefighters for working effectively with our partners throughout the night and into today.”
She added: “This is a very sad morning in the city of Glasgow. Glasgow School of Art is an institution that is loved not just by its students, staff and the people of this city, but by many around the world.
Sturgeon continued: “First and foremost my thoughts are for the safety of people. At this stage it appears there are no casualties and I hope that continues to be the case. “The professionalism and bravery of the fire service, and the rest of the emergency services, was once again demonstrated last night. This is clearly an extremely complex and large-scale incident, and one that is ongoing. I would like to thank the emergency services for their continued efforts.” Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government was ready to provide “any support that may be required, now and in the period ahead”.