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600-year-old Ming Dynasty tower destroyed by fire in southwest China

January 03, 2015, 15:36 UTC+3 BEIJING
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BEIJING, January 3. /TASS/. An ancient tower built over 600 years ago was severely damaged by fire in southwest China’s Yunnan province, the local media reported on Saturday.

The Gongchen tower, once one of China’s ancient city gate towers in Weishan county, caught on fire at about 3 p.m. local time. It took the firefighters about two hours to put down the flames.

No casualties were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

The Gongchen tower was built during China’s Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was over 47 meters high. The fire destroyed the tower’s upper wooden part, leaving only the lower brick framework about eight meters high with an arc.

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