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Gross negligence, not accident?

Grouse Beater is an essayist, filmmaker and troublemaker

THE DESTRUCTION by fire of the Glasgow School of Art’s world renowned Mackintosh building is tantamount to abject managerial incompetence. It remains unanswered: why was questionable gross negligence passed off as an accident?

How did the fire start?

The fire was caused by a degree student’s ‘installation’. (I’ll discuss installations shortly.) It started when ‘flammable gases from a foam canister used in a student project were ignited’, according to a report by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The report concludes that the blaze began in the basement when a projector ignited gases from the expanding foam and took hold quickly as gaps in the walls. Old ventilation ducts assisted its spread into neighbouring studios and upwards through the building.

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iScot Magazine March 2017 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with the Up Helly Aa front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, David McVey, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Dr Jamie Reid Baxter, Delia Forrest, Ann MacKinnon, Indy Lawyer, Fiona Nicholson and Jason Michael McCann