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PORTUGAL: FIRE DESTROYS FAMOUS LISBON CHURCH.
Two firemen were killed and 23 men, firemen and soldiers, injured in a fire which almost destroyed Lisbon's Church of St. Domingo August 12/13.
An estimated 100 fire-engines were engaged between 8.30pm and 3am in fighting what was considered to be Lisbon's biggest and most disastrous fire in 30 years.
Portuguese Army and Civil Defence units were called out to help prevent the blaze from spreading to neighbouring buildings. The leaping flames could be seen from all the seven hills on which Portugal's capital is built.
In the morning, St. Domingo's Church was reduced to a smoke-stained flame-scarred shell. The fire destroyed most of the many famous art treasures, including 16th century paintings wood carvings, accumulated in the well-known Catholic shrine which has been used for Royal weddings and other religious ceremonies since 1249.
It was announced in Lisbon August 13 that the capital's largest church would be rebuilt.
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|Date original||12/13 August 1959|
|Subset||Reuters TV - RTV Post 1957|
|1.||LV. ST.Domingo's church burning||0.05|
|2.||SV. Firemen & rescuers work in smouldering ruins||0.09|
|3.||CU.PAN down: smouldering beam and firemen working||0.13|
|4.||SCU. Fireman works a ladder||0.16|
|5.||CU. Hoses tangled on floor||0.19|
|6.||CU. Water rushes by||0.23|
|7.||SV.PAN down: outside church||0.36|
|8.||SCU.Pan ??? floor||0.44|
|9.||SV. Rubble on church floor||0.46|
|11.||CU. Cherubs face, scarred and burned||0.53|
|12.||GV. ST. Domingo's Church||0.59|
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