The inquiry into the fire at the art school could be finished by the end of the year.

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The inquiry into the fire at the art school could be finished by the end of the year.

The fire department has stated that the inquiry into the devastating fire at Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building over three years ago will be finished by the end of 2021.

A fire broke out late on June 15, 2018, causing major damage to the world-renowned building constructed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, as it neared the finish of a £35 million restoration project following a previous fire in May 2014.

At the height of the 2018 event, almost 120 firefighters were battling the flames, which also engulfed the 02 ABC, a nearby music venue.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has been investigating the blaze and has now stated that it expects the probe to be completed by the end of the year.

“The Scottish Incident and Rescue Service investigation into the 2018 fire at the Glasgow School of Art continues ongoing,” stated Assistant Chief Officer Stuart Stevens, SFRS director of service delivery.

“While we are unable to provide a specific timeline at this time, we expect to complete our inquiry before the end of the year.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we continue our investigation into this major fire.”

The fire department earlier stated that the damage done to the Mackintosh building in the 2018 incident was “much higher” than the damage done in the 2014 fire, and that the impact on the building had complicated the investigation.

The Glasgow School of Art has stated that it will remain silent until the investigation is over.

According to an assessment, the fire that ravaged the Mackintosh building in 2014 started when a projector ignited fumes from expanding foam used in a student project.

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