Fire Destroys Ancient Tibetan Town

A massive fire has destroyed an ancient Tibetan town.

Authorities in southwestern China's Yunnan province say more than 2,000 people fought the blaze in the town of Dukezong for about 10 hours early Saturday before bringing it under control.

Fire blazes at the Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-la county, Yunnan province on Jan. 11, 2014. /Reuters Fire blazes at the Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-la county, Yunnan province on Jan. 11, 2014. /Reuters

About 100 houses in the 1000-year-old tourist attraction in Shangri-la county were destroyed.

The fire spread quickly, because most of the houses in the town are made of wood.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There have been no reports of casualties.

VOA News / Jan. 13, 2014 07:45 KST