A SKY News presenter has been slammed after suggesting the fire which gutted the famous Glasgow School of Art may have been an insurance job.
Adam Boulton prompted fury when he tweeted “Carelessness or insurance job?” hours after news emerged that the world famous building had been engulfed in an inferno.
The tweet was met with outrage with former SNP MP John Nicolson one of those criticising the SKY News presenter. Nicolson tweeted: “A breathtakingly foolish thing to say. Sky News’ Editor-at-Large wondering aloud if someone from the #GlasgowSchoolofArt committed arson in order to claim insurance on the building as it neared the conclusion of its wondrous restoration. Where even to begin? @alanhorngsa”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issued a carefully worded rebuke to the SKY News correspondent, tweeting: “Might be best to let the fire investigators do their jobs @adamboultonSKY rather than indulge in uninformed speculation.”
Other users of social media called on the presenter to delete his tweet, with many insisting it was a misjudgement.
The iconic building caught fire late Friday evening. The blaze took hold with the Glasgow night sky illuminated for miles. Although no-one was killed, the fire spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue.
Commenting on the devastation, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The fire has been a devastating blaze, much worse than the one that took hold of the Mackintosh building four years ago.
“The damage is severe and extensive. My heart goes out to everybody associated with the art school.”
The building was due to reopen next year with renovation costing £35m almost completed. Renovation work already completed as part of the project is said to have been destroyed.
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