Firefighters are battling a massive blaze that has engulfed the famous Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building, which had been undergoing a multi-million restoration project following a devastating fire in 2014.

“There is a fire at the Mackintosh Building. The fire brigade are currently on scene,” posted the Glasgow School of Art’s Twitter account. 

Authorities ordered evacuations after fire crews arrived at the scene to tackle the blaze. Photos and videos posted online show plumes of smoke and tongues of fire rising up in the air.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the blaze has spread to adjoining buildings. “The fire has taken hold several properties including the 02 ABC nightclub causing extensive damage,” the service said in a statement. 

First Minister of Scotland commended the “bravery” of firefighters and emergency services as they battle the flames.

“Operations control mobilised a number of fire engines to the scene after the call came in at 11.19pm on Friday, 15 June,” a police spokesperson told Sky News. A large section of Sauchiehall Street is now blocked off as efforts continue to bring the fire under control.

The Mackintosh building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built between 1897 and 1909, was severely damaged by a large fire in May 2014. A multi-million pound restoration project was underway in parts of the school when the fire broke out late on Friday evening.

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