Berlin Philharmonie fire out
More than 170 firefighters battled a blaze in the famous Berlin Philharmonie Tuesday, home of the Berlin Philharmonic. The fire broke out around 2 p.m. in the roof of the historic, 1962-building, which is known for its excellent acoustics and is one of the first of Europe's modern-era concert halls. Luckily, a real disaster was averted. This was shortly before 420 musicians and singers -- including children -- were to arrive for a rehearsal of Berlioz' Te Deum conducted by Claudio Abbado, said general manager Pamela Rosenberg.
Musicians rushed in to save their priceless instruments, but of course pianos and timpani were too large to move.
Much of the roof was destroyed, but no one was hurt and the orchestra may even hold concerts in a few days, Reutters reports. Smoke billowed over the German city, and nearby Postdamer Platz.
Blogger has not allowed us to post photos all week, so I am linking to an AP story with a photo gallery.