A fire has devastated several buildings in the Austrian World Heritage site.
A fire broke out at about 330 a.m. local time. It spread from a wooden hut to a shed and two residential buildings.
No residents were injured in the fire, but a firefighter reportedly suffered injuries when he fell.
The close-knit construction of the town and the wooden buildings meant the fire was able to spread easily.
Eight fire trucks and 109 firefighters responded to the crisis. The fire officials said they were lucky to avoid a larger incident.
Authorities warned tourists not to visit the town in the aftermath of the blaze. The main road into the town was closed to avoid interference in the cleanup and investigation.
Authorities said they were still investigating the cause of the blaze in the UNESCO World Heritage town.
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