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Fire damages a historic Mosque in Istanbul.

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On Sunday, the historic wooden Mosque located in Bospuros strait in Istanbul went up in flames. Firefighters were quickly dispatched to the area, where they managed to extinguish the fire, and cooling efforts are ongoing. The coast guard also took part in the operation.

The firefighters quick response to the fire prevented the fire from spreading to a nearby forest and houses, where the damage would have been far greater.

The Mosque damaged by the blaze is the Vanikoy Mosque. It was built in 1670, and was built by Vani Mehmet Efendi. The fire broke out at 13:30pm local time, and the cause is not known so far. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.

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