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‘I sat in the street and cried’ says venue boss after Glasgow fire damages O2 Academy
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He broke down when he saw the damage.

An O2 ABC boss has recalled the moment he saw the damage caused to the city’s music venue by the Glasgow School of Art fire.

The architectural landmark went up in flames last Friday (June 15), and the fire also damaged the neighbouring O2 venue. Concert promoter Paul Cardow said that he “sat in the street and cried” when he first saw the blaze an hour after flames first erupted.

Speaking to The Daily Record, Cardow said that he was shocked by what he saw, but that aerial photographs later revealed the true extent of the damage. “We got an idea of just how bad the damage is,” he said.

He continued: “Nobody knows what happened, but I don’t know many buildings that can survive having a roof falling in and 24 hours of high pressure water poured into it.”

Cardow described the loss of the Sauchiehall Street venue as “a blow to the local community”. “The sad thing is the street was finally getting back on its feet,” he said.

He added: “It was being redeveloped and the art school was almost finished and we would have all the students back in the area.” Glasgow Art School was in the process of being refurbished after a previous fire in 2014 damaged the building. It was due to reopen in 2019.

Cardow believes the 143-year-old music venue will “eventually reopen”. Musicians have also spoken about the devastation.

Frightened Rabbit band members, whose lead singer Scott Hutchison died last month, wrote on Twitter: “My heart is breaking reading about the Mackintosh building and the ABC in Glasgow.

“There aren’t enough words to describe the admiration for the ridiculously brave and heroic firefighters of Scotland who do this on a daily basis. Glasgow is hurting but will recover.”

My heart is breaking reading about the Mackintosh building and the ABC in Glasgow. There aren’t enough words to describe the admiration for the ridiculously brave and heroic firefighters of Scotland who do this on a daily basis. Glasgow is hurting but will recover x

— Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) June 16, 2018

In recent years the likes of Adele, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars have performed at the O2 ABC.

18/06/2018 20:22:50
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