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Saturday, 11 January 2014 08:29

Night fire destroys ancient Tibetan town in China

An inferno that raged for 10 hours early Saturday razed an ancient Tibetan town in China's southwest Yunnan province that's popular with tourists.

 

According to Dawn News, there was no immediate report of casualties, and the cause of the fire was unclear, although a provincial news site said it started in a guesthouse on an old street.

The blaze broke out at 1:27 a.m. in the ancient Tibetan town of Dukezong, which dates back more than 1,000 years and is known for its preserved cobbled streets, ancient structures and Tibetan culture.

It is part of the scenic Shangri-La county in Deqen prefecture and had been renovated to lure tourists.

The county has since benefited from tourism revenue.

Photos and video footage showed the ancient neighborhood of Dukezong and its labyrinth of houses engulfed in flames that turned the night sky red.

More than 2,000 firefighters, soldiers, police, local officials and volunteers responded to the blaze and brought it under control around 11 a.m., the Shangri-La county government said.

MG

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