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Last Updated: Tuesday May 22 2007 05:58 GMT

In pictures: Cutty Sark fire

A fire badly damaged the Cutty Sark in London. It's a 138-year-old ship which used to sail around the world carrying tea.

A fire badly damaged the Cutty Sark in London. It's a 138-year-old ship which used to sail around the world carrying tea.

This is how it looked before the fire started.

This is how it looked before the fire started on Monday.

The fire began just before five in the morning. Luckily, some of the boat's parts like the mast, cabins and wheel were in storage as work was being carried out to improve the ship.

The fire began just before five in the morning. Luckily, some of the boat's parts like the mast, cabins and wheel were in storage as work was being carried out to improve the ship.

There were 45 firefighters at the scene and every part of the ship was alight. People living nearby had to leave their homes in case there were explosions caused by gas containers nearby.

There were 45 firefighters at the scene and every part of the ship was alight. People living nearby had to leave their homes in case there were explosions caused by gas containers nearby.

Fire investigators and police were called to the scene to find out how the fire started.

Fire investigators and police were called to the scene to find out how the fire started.

The ship is made of wood and metal. Most of the wooden deck was destroyed and the heat of the fire affected the metal frame inside.

The ship is made of wood and metal. Most of the wooden deck was destroyed and the heat of the fire affected the metal frame inside.

Eight fire engines arrived at the fire as people living near the ship called emergency services.

Eight fire engines arrived at the fire as people living near the ship called emergency services.

Firefighters have to make the ship safe before Cutty Sark owners take a closer look to decide what to do next.

Firefighters have to make the ship safe before Cutty Sark owners take a closer look to decide what to do next.

The ship was closed to visitors while 25 million was set aside to make improvements.

The ship was closed to visitors while 25 million was set aside to make improvements. This picture was taken before the fire.

There were plans to make a walkway which would allow visitors to walk right under the ship.

There were plans to make a walkway which would allow visitors to walk right under the ship.



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