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Firefighters Gain Control Of Russian Palace Blaze

The palace is near St. Petersburg (file photo) (epa) 23 December 2005 -- Firefighters today managed to bring under control a blaze in a 19th-century czarist palace outside of St. Petersburg.

Russian media reports that the fire, which started yesterday in the Farmer's Palace, located on the czarist summer estate in Peterhof, raged for 14 hours before being dampened.

Some 1,000 square meters of the three-story palace was completely destroyed by the blaze. The building was constructed in neo-Gothic style as a summer residence for Czar Alexander II.