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Sprawling Tibetan Buddhist institute engulfed in flames

Published on Jan 10, 2014 4:55 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A remote Tibetan Buddhist institute thought to be among the largest in the world has been seriously damaged in a huge fire, reports said on Friday, while the cause of the inferno remains a mystery.

The fire at the Serthar, or Larung Gar, Institute in Sichuan province in southwest China started on Thursday evening, according to a China News Network report.

The blaze destroyed at least 10 structures but no casualties had been reported, the report said.

More than 450 rescuers, police and firefighters carried out relief efforts at the scene and an investigation was underway, it added.

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