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The capital's fire service declared the fire to be below control shortly after 7 p.m.

Firefighters reduce open components of the tent-shaped roof, some 160 feet above the ground, to get at the fire after being named to the scene shortly before two p.m., senior fire officer Karsten Goewecke mentioned.

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The blaze broke out beneath the roof of the constructing more than the principal concert hall, which seats two,440 and is famed for its extraordinary acoustics. There were no injuries and the fire was brought under handle just after about five hours.

Specially formed wooden structures affixed to the walls make extremely all-natural acoustics for just about every seat in the house.

Peter Riegelbauer, a senior orchestra member, told reporters that about 50 "priceless" instruments - most of them string instruments - were removed to a nearby developing.

. Roofing components, like insulation, wood and tar paper fueled the fire.

"I could not think it," he mentioned, clutching his instrument in its burgundy case.

The constructing is a landmark in downtown Berlin, exactly where its asymmetrical shape resembling a massive-major circus tent juts into the skyline beside the Potsdamer Platz complicated. At its center is the primary concert hall, with its pentagonally shaped orchestra pit and tiers of seats that radiate out so that the musicians sit in the center of the audience.

"Thank God the fire broke out earlier," said Pamela Rosenberg, the orchestra's common manager.

The fire broke out around the time a lunchtime concert in the building's ground-floor foyer was letting out and an hour before 700 people were due to begin rehearsing Hector Berlioz's "Te Deum" for a series of weekend concerts becoming directed by Claudio Abbado, the orchestra's former chief conductor.

"We just tried to save the instruments that had been locked in the musicians' lockers," Schweigert stated, noting that lots of of the instruments, such as the pianos and timpani, had been too substantial to be removed.

Schweigert mentioned that even though he was in the major concert hall and the musicians' locker rooms behind it, he could not see any damage but could smell smoke.

Musicians - assisted by firefighters - have been permitted into the constructing to get rid of instruments they had left in their lockers overnight following a Monday rehearsal.

The cloud of smoke, which was visible from a distance shortly immediately after the fire broke out, diminished substantially in the course of the afternoon. All Rights Reserved.

Goewecke stated about 300 people had been in the developing, but they had been evacuated with no any panic.

A different musician, Finnish bassist Janna Fakfalr, mentioned his initially believed was to rush to the constructing to try to save his double bass.

A fire Tuesday sent plumes of acrid gray smoke pouring from the roof of the Berlin Philharmonic's landmark residence, exactly where musicians and firefighters rushed to save valuable instruments.

Bassoonist Stefan Schweigert mentioned he arrived at two:20 p.m. and found the fire currently below way.

Goewecke mentioned there was no water harm to the building's interior, adding that firefighters utilized foam rather than water in an work to reduce any damage.

The blaze forced the Philharmonic - a single of the world's most renowned orchestras - to look for option venues for concerts Friday, Saturday and Sunday, said Peter Riegelbauer, a senior orchestra member.

A senior fire officer, Wilfried Graefling, told RBB tv late Tuesday there were "no longer any pockets of fire," but firefighters remained on the scene to make certain "nothing far more takes place."

Welding perform had been carried out on the building's tin roof earlier in the day, and police had been investigating that as a doable result in, police spokeswoman Heike Nagora said.

He stated the fire broke out in an interior region amongst the insulated ceiling and the metal skin of the roof above a space containing technical equipment