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Glasgow art school fire investigation continues

03 July 2018

AN APPEAL has been launched for images of the significant fire that took hold of The Glasgow School of Art, O2 ABC and adjoining buildings.

Members of the public who captured footage or stills in Glasgow city centre on the night of June 15 are being asked to send them to expert investigators.

The call came from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief officer David McGown, as the “formidable” investigation gathers pace.

ACO McGown said: “We are asking any member of the public with video footage or still images of the significant fire in Glasgow that evening to submit these to our investigation team.

“There has been a high volume of images and video already published and you might think your material is no different but I ask you to please let us take a look.

“We will cast a forensic and expert eye over it – and it could prove crucial to our investigation.”

Any images should be sent to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as the organisation leading the investigation: glasgowfirejune2018@firescotland.gov.uk

Those encountering any difficulty in submitting material should contact 01506 442489. 

ACO McGown – who is the SFRS director of prevention and protection – also reiterated that the investigation team will need time to establish the full facts and circumstances.

At its height, more than 120 firefighters attended the incident when the alarm was raised at 11.19pm on Friday, June 15.

He said, “This significant fire had a devastating impact on several notable, and indeed iconic, buildings as well as surrounding businesses.

“We therefore fully appreciate and understand the desire to know what happened here – including how it started and where it started.

“Please be assured that our fire investigation experts are working hard, alongside our police colleagues and other key partner agencies, to move as quickly as possible to establish the full facts and circumstances.

“But there is a high volume of information and numerous lines of enquiry we require to process. This is a formidable investigation, it is a very complex process – and I reiterate that it will take time.”