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Fire Sweeps Center of Chamonix

February 16, 1999

CHAMONIX, France (AP) _ A hundred people were evacuated from their homes and a municipal building was destroyed early Tuesday after a fire devastated the center of this Alpine resort town, regional police said.

The fire broke out late Monday night in a large city building, before spreading to nearby apartments in the town’s historic center. A firefighter suffered minor injuries in the blaze, but no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

The blaze comes one week after two avalanches roared down a mountainside near Chamonix, killing 12 people and destroying 17 chalets.

A shopping center and the town’s Alpine museum also were damaged in the fire, officials said.

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