Ancient relics ruined by fire in the 21st century | Updated: 2019-04-16 15:53
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Flames and smoke billow during a fire at a wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

1. Lingguan Mansion complex at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province

The 16-story structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia. No casualties were reported in the incident, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

According to local media reports, the original Lingguan Mansion was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and destroyed in a magnitude 8 earthquake that hit Sichuan in 2008. The temple, with what was considered the tallest wooden tower in Asia, later became restored but remained under construction when the fire broke out. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

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