10 monks among 12 hurt in German monastery fire

Ten monks, including one aged 100 years old, have been injured after a fire broke out at a Franciscan monastery in southern Germany early today, police said.

The centenarian was flown by helicopter to a specialist clinic suffering from serious burns from the blaze at the monastery in the Bavarian town of Fuessen near the Austrian border, they said.

A firefighter and a woman police officer were also hurt, police in the region said.

Emergency services managed to get all the residents aged between 42 and 100 -- out of the burning building, some of them by climbing down ladders.

The monastery sustained around USD 131,850 worth of damage and, according to police, numerous objects of art history were damaged.

Police are investigating the cause.

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