Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fire damages 200-year-old Ho Ann Kiong temple

KUALA TERENGGANU: Fire has destroyed large parts of an old Chinese Temple built in 1801 here.

Authorities say initial investigation does not point to arson.The Ho Ann Kiong temple, built by the early Hokkien community and situated at the city’s Chinatown tourist belt, was the oldest structure here.Almost 60% of the temple was ravaged in the 9.30pm fire on Monday.State Fire and Rescue Department’s officer Mohamed Amin Mohamad Basir said the fire could have started in the middle of the temple.

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