February 6, 2017 / 10:12 AM / 6 months ago

Kuwait's new opera house catches fire

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KUWAIT (Reuters) - Flames ripped through Kuwait's new opera house on Monday, just three months after the futuristic $770-million venue opened to the public.

A thick plume of black smoke rose from the waterfront Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, television footage showed.

Firefighters on a crane sprayed water onto the building, a structure covered with geometric Islamic patterns.

Broadway musical "Cats" was due to open there on Thursday, according to the centre's website.

Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy and Hadeel Al Sayegh; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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