- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA (AP) - Austrian firefighters are battling a blaze inside Arenberg Castle, a 14th-century chateau in Salzburg.

Officials say about 100 firefighters are at the scene and three people were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation. Austrian television showed thick smoke pouring from the castle’s roof.

Arenberg Castle is one of Salzburg’s most important historical buildings. Although it dates to the 1300s, the modern structure was rebuilt after a fire razed it in 1814, and it was renovated in the 1860s.

The castle houses the offices of the American Austrian Foundation and frequently has been used for medical conferences.

Authorities said Monday’s blaze broke out in the afternoon, and firefighters were still working to contain it.

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