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Fire rages through historic village in Norway, destroying wooden houses

Published on Jan 20, 2014 12:43 AM

OSLO (AFP) - A large blaze on Sunday raged through a historic village in western Norway, destroying many of its famed 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses and forcing the evacuation of local residents, the police said.

The fire in the riverside village of Laerdalsoyri, some 200km north-west of Oslo, began in a house on Saturday evening.

Fanned by strong winds, the blaze raged out of control overnight and it took firefighters until Sunday afternoon to extinguish it.

Laerdalsoyri is located in the West Norwegian Fjords area, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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