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[BKARTS] Fire hits St. Petersburg library



Fire hits St. Petersburg library

>From correspondents in St. Petersburg, Russia
February 20, 2004

A FIVE-alarm fire broke out yesterday in a building on St.
Petersburg's famed avenue Nevsky Prospekt that houses a noted
library.

The fire in the building that includes the Alexander Blok Library, as
well as an art gallery and shops, was extinguished about five hours
after it broke out, the fire department said.

The library's collection of literature and musical scores escaped
damage from the flames, but much of it was soaked with water, the
fire service said. Some 200 fire cadets were removing the collection
late yesterday.

Blok was an early 20th century poet, who took part in the
unsuccessful 1905 revolution and supported the Bolshevik Revolution.

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