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The fire that broke out in the building of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Academic Theatre
The fire that broke out in the building of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Academic Theatre in downtown Moscow overnight was extinguished only five hours after it started, the main city department of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Itar-Tass on Friday. Firemen rated the blaze that broke out at 03:35 a.m., Moscow time, at the maximum point 5 level. It broke out presumably on the second floor of the old four-storey building in Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street now under reconstruction, the emergencies department said. The fire quickly spread by the scaffolding to the roof covering an area of 1,500 square metres. Cracks appeared on the theatre facade. The roof of the theatre building partially collapsed. Some 50 fire brigades and three search and rescue teams were engaged in the fire extinguishing efforts. It was also planned to use a firefighting helicopter, “but the density of historical buildings around the theatre made it impossible to use the helicopter,” said a spokesman for the city emergencies department. Traffic along Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street has been blocked. Fire engines have begun to drive away. There were no casualty reports, however three ambulances arrived at the site. The theatre, which emerged in 1940 due to a merger of the Stanislavsky Opera Theatre and the Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, was scheduled to reopen after a large-scale reconstruction by September 1. The total space of the historical building is 16.4 thousand square meters. It is a second fire in the theatre building over the past two years. After the fire of the summer of 2003 the theatre was closed for reconstruction, now it will have to undergo a new reconstruction
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