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    Kapelbrücke Bridge, Switzer

    Built in 1313 Kapelbrücke Bridge in Switzerland is Europe’s oldest and longest (200m) covered wooden bridge. Destroyed by fire: August 1993 . View Video  Contributing Factors Discarded cigarette Significant combustible materials No detection No automatic suppression Firefighter access

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    Kasubi Tombs, Uganda

    16 March 2010  

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    Bistrita Church, Romania

    Bistrita Church, Romania The 700-year-old Evangelist church in the city of Bistrita in Romania’s Transylvania region burned  June 11, 2008 during renovation works. According to official sources the church’s main spire, which at 75 meters (247-feet) is the highest in Transylvania, collapsed during the blaze. The 700-year-old Evangelist church in the city of Bistrita in Romania’s Transylvania ... Read More


    Cutty Sark

    The Cutty Sark was built in 1869, and sailed its first voyage in 1870.  It was reserved as a tribute to merchant navy workers.  Over 15 million people visited the ship each year. During restoration work during 2007, a fire started that caused considerable damage to the vessel. Fortunately, a significant amount of valuable materials had been ... Read More


    Namdaemun Gate, South Korea

    Namdaemun Gate in South Korea was completed in 1398.  It was the oldest wooden structure in Seoul.  In 1962 it had been given the status of “National Treasure No.1" for South Korea. On 10 February 2008, an arsonist, using only an aluminum ladder, three 1.5 liter bottles of paint thinner, and two cigarette lighters started a ... Read More


    Manège Militaire de Québec

    The Manège Militaire de Québec was the home to Canada's oldest French infantry regiment.  It was built in 1884 and designed by Eugène-Étienne Taché  who also designed the Parliament buildings and the old Quebec Courthouse. The building possessed Canada’s largest suspended ceiling and housed a museum.   On the evening of 4 April 2008, after renovation work had ... Read More


    Troitsky Cathedral, Russia

    The Troitsky Cathedral (or Trinity Cathedral) is located in St Petersburg, Russia St and is famed for its 80-metre-high central dome made of wood.  On 25 August 2006, while restoration work was underway, fire apparently started in the scaffolding and spread rapidly.  The response from the fire brigades included 40 trucks, and a helicopter.  The ... Read More


    La Fenice, Venice, Italy

    On 29 January 1996, La Fenice was destroyed by fire. The fire was started by two electricians. Their reason for setting the fire was apparently due to their contracting company facing significant fines for delays in their repair work. Further exacerbating the situation, was the fact that due to the renovation work going on inside La ... Read More


    Windsor Castle, England

    The fire at Windsor Castle occurred on the morning of 20 November 1992.    The castle suffered severe damage in the fire, which destroyed some of the most historic parts of the castle which is the largest inhabited castle in the world. The fire began in The Queen's private Chapel at approximately 11:30 am when a curtain was ignited by ... Read More

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