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Sunday, 27 August, 2000, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
In pictures: TV tower fire
The Ostankino tower, the second highest free-standing structure in the world and one of Moscow's most well-known landmarks, burns after a fire broke out more than 400 metres above ground.

Helicopter flying near Ostankino tower
A Russian fire brigade helicopter inspects the fire which broke out 100m above the tower's 340m-high observation level

Thick smoke comes from Ostankino tower
The fire spreads as firefighters have difficulty reaching the blaze

High altitude rescuers from the Emergency Situations Ministry
On the ground, high altitude rescuers belonging to the Emergency Situations Ministry prepare for action

Two boys point at burning Ostankino tower
Two young boys among thousands of Moscow residents who look on in amazement as smoke pours from the famous tower

Thick smoke pours from the observation level
By late afternoon the fire was burning out of control and there were fears the top section might fall

Smoke pours from Ostankino tower
As darkness fell the future of the Ostankino tower remained uncertain

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