Fire breaks out at Berlin Philharmonic

May 20, 2008 7:37:28 AM PDT
A fire broke out Tuesday at the home of the Berlin Philharmonic, sending thick smoke pouring from the crest of the iconic downtown building. The blaze broke out beneath the roof of the building. The cause was not immediately clear, fire officials said. There was no immediate word on whether anyone was injured.

Five firefighters could be seen on the rooftop of the bright yellow concert hall designed by Hans Scharoun and completed in 1963. No flames were visible.

The Philharmonic, the German capital's leading orchestra, is directed by Sir Simon Rattle.

Other concerts also take place in the building's foyer and a lunchtime performance had just let out shortly before the alarm. Some 110 firefighters were sent to the scene, authorities said.


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