Croats help crews fight a wildfire

Croats help crews fight a wildfire

7 August 2007

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Dubrovnik, Croatia — Residents joined hundreds of firefighters yesterday to beat back a wildfire that threatened to consume the medieval city of Dubrovnik, a tourist destination famed for its churches, monasteries and palaces.

Residents helped firefighters by carrying hoses and buckets of water to douse the flames that surrounded the historic coastal city. The effort helped avert a disaster for Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” during the height of summer holiday season. Most tourists were not affected by the fire.

Dubrovnik has been on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites since the 1960s. Its walled Old Town dates to the 13th century.

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