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Battle to save famous art school building

By PA Reporters

Fire crews have been battling to save a world-famous art school building after a major blaze engulfed the structure.

The fire at Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Charles Rennie Mackintosh building was reported at 12.30pm yesterday.

Witnesses said flames could be seen spreading across the roof while massive plumes of smoke filled the surrounding sky. Large crowds of students and onlookers gathered near the scene as multiple fire crews tackled the flames. Several people were in tears as they watched the events unfold.

The fire started as students worked to complete their end-of-year assessments.

The art school said that the building was evacuated and that everybody was safe. But it declared a 'major incident' in a Twitter posting.

Senior firefighters said the operation at the scene was likely to be "protracted".

The Fire Service said crews remain in attendance and have been working to bring the fire under control with high pressure water jets.

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