Fire Causes Minor Damage at Deutsche Oper in Berlin
Friday, April 29, 2005
A fire early today at Berlin's Deutsche Oper caused minor damage to workshops and storerooms, but no one was injured and the opera house said performances would go ahead as planned.
The fire broke out in a storage area of the building at about 7:30 a.m. (0530 GMT), according to a statement from the opera house. The blaze was extinguished within an hour and did not spread to other parts of the building.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire. The opera house said it could not immediately estimate the value of the damage caused to about 300 square meters (3,200 square feet) of storage space, but said that performances would not be affected.
The Deutsche Oper's current home in the former West Berlin was built between 1957 and 1961. It is one of three opera houses in the reunited German capital, along with the Staatsoper and Komische Oper in the formerly communist east.
Its current schedule includes performances of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute and Puccini's La BohËme.
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