More than 1,000 people have been battling a fire that broke out in an ancient town in Shangri-la, a resort county in Yunnan province. The town caught fire early Saturday morning, and as of 10 a.m., it was still spreading, according to local authorities.
Xinhua reports that the fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. in the Dukezong Ancient Town. Firefighters are having difficulties containing the flames because most of the houses here are made of wood and windy weathers are hampering firefighting efforts, according to a government spokesman.
So far, there have been no reports of deaths caused by the fire and residents of the town have all been evacuated. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Dukezong Ancient Town is a 1,300-year-old Tibetan town and was one of the largest and best-preserved Tibetan sanctuaries in China, known for its prayer halls and authentic Tibetan dwellings.
On Thursday, a massive fire in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province destroyed over a dozen buildings at Seda Larung Wuming, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute.