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Riga Castle has been badly damaged by fire. The historical building, which is located in the heart of the Latvian capital’s old town is the official residence of the country’s president and houses the Natural History Museum of Latvia. President Andris Berzins has not been staying at the castle, as it is being renovated. No injuries have been reported.
The blaze raged for over three hours with flames and smoke billowing in the night sky. The cause is unknown, however it has been reported that the fire raged through the roof and attic.
Riga Castle was built in 1330 as a fortress and is an important tourist attraction in Riga.