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Fire breaks out on Mount Kilimanjaro, says Tanzania National Park

FILE PHOTO: A fresh dusting of snow sits atop the dormant volcano of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, in northern Tanzania, November 22, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/File Photo

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A fire broke out on Mount Kilimanjaro on Sunday afternoon and authorities were trying to contain it, Tanzania’s National Parks service (TANAPA) said.

The parks service posted a blurry photograph on its Twitter account of what appeared to be Mount Kilimanjaro with several pockets of flames burning on it, with the message: “A fire emerged on Mount Kilimanjaro this afternoon. Efforts in containing it (are) going on. More details to follow.”

TANAPA official Pascal Shelutete told Reuters by phone on Sunday evening that he had no further details.

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, at nearly 6,000 metres (20,000 ft) above sea level. Around 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually.

Reporting by Nuzulack Dausen,; Writing by Maggie Fick; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise