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Fire Destroys Swiss Mountain Restaurant – UPDATED

The Restaurant Botta at Glacier 3000 near Le Diablerets has been gutted by fire. See a video as firefighters battle the blaze. An investigation is underway. UPDATED

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The fire was reported at 4.30am and three helicopters were used to take firemen to the site at over 3,000m.

They were also used to take water from a nearby lake to douse the blaze.

The upper part of the building including the restaurant and the self-service was engulfed in flames.

The structure houses a cable car station and technical checks must be carried out on the building and the the ski lift.

The structure opened in 2001 and cost of CHF17 million (£15.4m).

No-one was in the building at the time and the police are appealing for witnesses.

The public prosecutor has been informed and an investigation is underway.

Image c/o Vaud Cantonal Police

Image c/o Vaud Cantonal Police

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