Fire destroys ancient Chinese temple
Part of a 1,000 year-old Buddhist temple has been destroyed by fire in Fuzhou, the capital of China’s Fujian province. The China Daily reported local authorities as saying that the blaze engulfed the grand hall and one of the wooden chambers of downtown Fuzhou’s Fahai Temple, which dates back to 945AD. Twenty-one fire engines and 147 firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze which broke out in the early hours of Monday morning. Fortunately there were no casualties. Though the cause of the fire is still under investigation, it has been widely speculated the blaze was started by fireworks. A forest fire in Zhejiang province that killed six people over the weekend is also believed to have been ignited by a stray firework from Chinese New Year celebrations.