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Fire threatens 107-year-old London museum

March 25, 2013|By Jamie Wetherbe

A fast-moving fire ripped through the roof of a 107-year-old museum and library in London, threatening an extensive collection of Chinese, African and Roman artifacts and relics.

More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze Monday at the Cuming Museum and Newington Library in Walworth in southeast London.

The roof of the four-story museum was engulfed in flames Monday afternoon, but the fire was under control by early evening, the Guardian reported.

Thirty people were evacuated from the building; no injuries were reported.

It's still unclear how the fire started.

The museum was founded in 1906 and houses a collection of Chinese ornaments, African tribal costumes and relics from London’s Roman period.

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