Saturday, October 25, 2014   

Century-old church down in fire
(07-28 16:36)

A fire destroyed one of China's oldest cathedrals in the early hours of Monday in the east China city of Ningbo, with no casualties reported, local firefighting authorities said.
The fire broke out at 12:50 a.m. in the gothic-style Jiangbei Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the Jiangbei District of Ningbo,Zhejiang Province by a French bishop in 1872.
More than 50 firefighters spent two hours putting out the fire, but only the frame of the main building survived, according to the firefighting division under the city's public security department.
"The inside of the building is totally destroyed. It's a great loss. The church is such a beautiful building," a firefighter told Xinhua.
The church, a landmark of Ningbo, is a key cultural relic under state-level protection for its great historical and architectural value.
Fortunately, the bell tower and ancillary buildings were unscathed thanks to timely action by firefighters.
One church staff member who was staying in the building overnight said the fire first started at the altar, but he had no idea how it started.
Further investigation is under way. --Xinhua   
Other China breaking news:
China launches first mission to moon and back (10-24 11:08)
Mapping drone prompts China to scramble fighter jets: report (10-23 12:28)
Aerial collision kills Taiwanese air force pilot (10-21 17:34)
'Little Apple': The hit song all of China is singing (10-20 15:59)
Key Chinese Communist Party meeting opens in Beijing (10-20 15:54)
Key Chinese Communist Party meeting opens in Beijing (10-20 11:37)
Two journalists jailed for fabricated stories (10-17 15:44)
Former senior railways official given death penalty for bribery (10-17 12:02)
UN rights chief says in talks with China on Tibet visit (10-16 19:17)
Villagers burned workers to death: report (10-16 17:40)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.