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In pictures: Berlin Philharmonic fire

Firefighters on the roof of the Berlin Philharmonic building, 20 May 2008

Firefighters have been trying to contain a blaze at the building that is home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Smoke rises from the roof of the Berlin Philharmonic building, 20 May 2008

It is not known what caused the fire at the distinctive 1960s building that houses the orchestra.

Firefighters on the roof of the Berlin Philharmonic building, 20 May 2008

Firefighters cut holes in the zinc roof as they attempted to reach the source of the blaze.

Smoke rises from the roof of the Berlin Philharmonic building, 20 May 2008

Staff and visitors were safely evacuated, but reports say the building has suffered major damage.

Cellist Jan Diesselhorst stands in front of the Berlin Philharmonic building, 20 May 2008

Musicians were allowed back into the building to save their instruments, although some were too heavy to move. Jan Diesselhorst left with his cello.



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Fire at Berlin orchestra's home
20 May 08 |  Europe


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