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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Agony and ecstasy," April 7, 2012

Playing with fire

The Krasna Horka castle in eastern Slovakia survived the ravages of nearly seven centuries-until it suffered severe damage from two boys playing with matches on March 10. Authorities in the Slovak region of Kosice say the boys, ages 11 and 12, were trying to light cigarettes when they set grass near the castle on fire. The resulting blaze spread to the castle and reportedly brought 84 firefighters to the scene. The Slovak National Museum, which maintains the castle, announced that 90 percent of the exhibits and collections at the castle were undamaged but that damage to the castle itself was extensive: "The castle's roof burned down completely, as well as the new exhibition in the gothic palace and the bell tower. Three bells melted."

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