• Short Summary

    In West Berlin, Apr 20, firemen and police were still fighting the city's biggest blaze for many years, which started the previous day when flying sparks from a passing locomotive set fire to a 50,000-ton coal depot.

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    In West Berlin, Apr 20, firemen and police were still fighting the city's biggest blaze for many years, which started the previous day when flying sparks from a passing locomotive set fire to a 50,000-ton coal depot.

    Flames spread quickly over the huge dump of neatly piled coal-bricks, which were protected against rain and snow by a layer of reed mats. Half of the city's fire brigades rushed to the scene, coupled up vast lengths of hose - only to find that mains pressure was dangerously low in the area.

    More engines and tankers were called out, but the fire kept steadily eating its way through the brittle coal, destroying some 24,000 tons of it, estimated at 1,2 million Deutschmarks. Heat soon became excessive, bending nearly rails and paralysing metropolitan train services. Clouds of dense smoke severely hampered fire-fighting operations, and reports say the coal depot would probably continue to smoulder away for another couple of days.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4MMCO045VUQ2QRRQD9LTF6GOA
    Media URN:
    VLVA4MMCO045VUQ2QRRQD9LTF6GOA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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