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Fire destroys ancient Tibetan town in China

A firefighter sprays water as he tries to extinguish a fire at the Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-la county, Yunnan province January 11, 2014. Fire-fighters extinguished a blaze which destroyed much of an ancient resort town in southwest China on Saturday. It destroyed over 100 houses and incurred a loss of around 100 million yuan ($16.5 million), local authorities estimated, state media reported. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Fire destroys ancient Tibetan town in China

Yahoo News

A fire that raged for nearly 10 hours Saturday razed an ancient Tibetan town in southwest China that's popular with tourists, burning down hundreds of buildings as fire engines were unable to get onto the narrow streets, state media and witnesses said.

There was no immediate report of casualties, and the cause of the fire was unclear. State media, citing local authorities, said the blaze started in a guesthouse and was ruled accidental. (AP)

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