Fire Destroys Hundreds of Homes in Ancient Tibetan Town

January 11, 2014 6:44 AM

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Fire Destroys Hundreds of Homes in Ancient Tibetan Town

HONG KONG — Fire blazed through an ancient Tibetan town in southwest China on Saturday, destroying hundreds of wooden homes and shops that have drawn tourists to an area that has cast itself as the inspiration for mythic Shangri-la.

Chinese television news said the fire in Dukezong in Shangri-la County, Yunnan Province, broke out in the early hours and hundreds of firefighters, soldiers and volunteers had largely extinguished the blaze by late morning. There were no deaths or serious injuries reported, initially at least, accor...

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