Second World Heritage Site in Japan burns down within one week

On Monday, November 4, there was a fire in the Japanese village of Shirakawa in Gifu Prefecture. This village is known for its gasshō-zukuri style houses, and it is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At least one facility was damaged, RBC reports.
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According to RBC, the fire damaged a shed located in a parking lot 500 meters from the architectural objects. The fire started at 2:30 p.m. local time and was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire is not reported.
The fire affected not only the shed, but also the neighboring house with a thatched roof (a distinctive feature of the gasshō-zukuri style), RIA Novosti reported citing NHK channel.
Last week, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture, caught fire in Japan. The historic building was seriously damaged. The government has promised to do everything possible to restore it.


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