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I look away – the Glasgow School of Art burns down

Like many others, my first reaction to news that there had been a fire at the Glasgow School of Art (Mackintosh Building to be precise) was disbelief.

Worse still, it was all over by the time I found out, about twenty hours after the event began – because I have some problems keeping me out of contact at the moment.

It’s not that long since I made the trip and collected a few pics of the restoration site after the fire of 2014.

I’d no idea how glad I’d be to have made the effort to get those pics, after learning that the damage to the building was so much worse than before.

Mackintosh Rebuild

Mackintosh Rebuild

At the moment, I just can’t go for a look, or pics, but that probably doesn’t really matter – images of the fire and its aftermath mean the state of the building is so uncertain that it will be cordoned off for safety reasons for some time.

Some walls seem to have lost so much supporting material (and the roof, which is integral to their stability) that I suspect that there may be demolition for safety, if shoring or other supports cannot safely be erected.

I noted the following articles as read them, after finding out about this (for future reference).

Glasgow art school fire: Sturgeon says blaze is ‘heartbreaking’

‘I assumed the art school fire was a social media blip’

In Pictures: Glasgow School of Art engulfed by flames

Report: Glasgow School of Art fire

How the world came to love Glasgow School of Art

‘You would think it would never happen again’

Shock at Glasgow art school fire

City ‘in shock’ over Glasgow School of Art fire

Pavilion Theatre bosses ‘united’ with art school after fire

Fire engulfs Glasgow’s Mackintosh building

Water pumped from River Clyde to fight School of Art fire

How Glasgow earned its reputation as the ‘Tinderbox City’

Timeline: Glasgow School of Art’s devastating years

Aerial footage shows scale of the Glasgow School of Art fire

The papers: ‘Art school inferno’

Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow fire is heartbreaking

Glasgow School of Art engulfed in flames for a second time

Glasgow School of Art may be beyond repair after second fire

(The last two links given above still allow comments and, unfortunately, show these are largely the province of morons or political opportunists. Obviously, I’m NOT referring to those expressing their sorrow at the event).

With no investigation or examination of the scene, it’s a shame so many are using this incident to point fingers of blame already, and make stupid remarks about sprinklers (which are only intended to buy time for people to escape, NOT extinguish a fire, which has to be fairly advanced before they activate). But why let facts spoil an opportunity to let the ‘armchair experts’ spout their wealth of experience.

Guess I’ll have to try to keep in touch with developments more often.


Jun 16, 2018 - Posted by | Civilian, council, Lost | , ,

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