The cellphone photo taken on Jan. 11, 2014 shows Dukezong Ancient Town after fire, in Shangri-la County, southwest China's Yunnan Province. A fire broke out early Saturday in the Dukezong Ancient Town. The blaze was basically under control and there were no immediate reports of casualties. (Xinhua)
KUNMING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 houses were burned down by a fire that started in the early hours of Saturday in an ancient town in Shangri-la, a resort county in southwest China's Yunnan Province.
The fire lasted nine hours till 10:30 a.m. at the Dukezong Ancient Town, where most houses are made of wood, a factor which added difficulties to firefighting, said a local government spokesman.
More than 1,000 people were mobilized to put out the fire.
No casualties have been reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated.
Dukezong, meaning "town of the moon" in Tibetan was built 1,300 years ago and became an important landmark on the South Silk Road. It is now one of the most renowned resorts in Shangri-la, known for its well-preserved ancient Tibetan dwellings.