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Fire damages table tennis venue for 2008 Olympics

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1. Wide exterior pan of damaged Peking University gymnasium after fire 2. Wide of fire fighters on roof of building 3. Part of building showing damage 4. Pan of damaged building 5. Wide of damage to roof of building 6. Fire fighter on roof of building 7. Various of damage to roof 8. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Mr Liu, witness: "The building (Peking University gymnasium) caught fire at around 8 o'clock (00:00 GMT) or 7:30 (2330 GMT 01 July) in the morning. I saw the building on fire and I heard the fire engine sirens then. I could even see the smoke from the building from the west gate (around 600 metres away from the building), and when I came closer, I found the building on fire." 9. Various of fire fighters walking past fire engines STORYLINE: The table tennis venue for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing caught fire on Monday morning, a fire department official said. The official from the Beijing fire department said the fire at the Peking University gymnasium, which is under construction, was still burning more than three hours after it started. The state-run Xinhua News Agency however, citing a spokesman from the Beijing Fire Brigade, said the fire was extinguished by fire crews after about an hour. "I could even see the smoke from the building from the west gate (around 600 metres away from the building), and when I came closer, I found the building on fire," one witness, Mr Liu told AP Television. Xinhua said the gymnasium caught fire about 8 a.m. (00:00 GMT). It said the fire department responded by sending 17 fire engines to the university in the northwest of Beijing. The officials said the cause of the blaze was not known. Xinhua said there was no word on casualties. The 26,900-square-metre (290,000-square-foot) gymnasium was scheduled to be completed next month and was to host an Olympic test event in the middle of December. Xinhua said construction on the gymnasium, one of 11 venues being built for the Games, started in September 2005. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/7767e78bbf667120c7f015f9af25efc4 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork