Fire at Moscow TV tower extinguished
Friday, May 25th, 2007

Firefighters today extinguished a fire on a balcony high up on Moscow’s 540-metre (1,772-ft) Ostankino television tower, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said. The tower is one of the tallest free-standing structures in Europe. A fire there in 2000 killed three people and crippled television broadcasts. The tower caught fire again in April 2005, but no one was hurt.

“It was extinguished at 12:53 (0853 UTC),” said a ministry spokeswoman. “It was caused by sparks from welding work. Insulation material under the balcony on the exterior of the building was smouldering.” Television broadcasts were unaffected.

(Source: Reuters)