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The old town in Plovdiv
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A massive fire has destroyed four historic warehouses in the old quarter of Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city that was named the European capital of culture for 2019.

The fire in Plovdiv's "tobacco town" was extinguished by early Sunday, firefighters told the BTA news agency, and there were no casualties.

The quarter of Plovdiv known as "tobacco town" has several old factories and warehouses that were built in the 1920s.

Firefighters suspect that the blaze was set intentionally, local media reported, and the state prosecution ordered an investigation.

A tour of "tobacco town" has been included in Plovdiv's programme as Europe's cultural capital in 2019. After the fire in the warehouses, it was not immediately known whether the tours will take place.

The history of Plovdiv, which had a population of almost 342,000 people as of 2015, dates back to 6 BC.

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