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Saturday, 19 January 2013
Former Imperial Train Station Destroyed by Fire
Topic: Alexander III

 

Firefighters were unable to save the historic building 

A recently restored railway station in Lappeenranta, Finland, originally built to serve Tsar Alexander III, was devastated by a blaze early Saturday morning. 

Emergency services received a report of a fire in the old wooden building just before 1 AM. Upon arrival firefighters found the structure engulfed in flames.

There were no injuries.

 

Tsar Alexander III arriving at Lappeenranta in 1885 

Known as the "Imperial" station, the building was completed in 1885, when Finland was a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. It was first used by Tsar Alexander III during a visit to a military camp in Lappeenranta. Restoration work had been recently completed on the building. It was to be reopened to the public, housing a cafe and souvenir shops.

© YLE News. 19 January, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:03 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 20 January 2013 5:43 AM EST
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