Chongqing, China — A massive fire destroyed the Feng Yu Covered Bridge in Chongqing, China on Friday night. It was the longest covered bridge in Asia.
The five-meter-wide crossing, first built in 1591, collapsed into the waters as the holocaust turned it to ashes.
Firefighters work through the night to quell the blaze, but by the time they got them under control it was too late and by morning all that was left were its row of charred stone bases surrounded by blackened driftwood floating in the waters, said reports.
The bridge had been destroyed and re-built several times over the centuries – most recently in 1999 when its wooden base was replaced by stone – it has always been the transportation fortress of Hunan-Guizhou highroad as well as a busy place with merchants and tourists.
The bridge has been equated to a dragon and it contained both complex architectural features as well as artistic carvings. It was known for its traditional beauty and pagoda-style roof.
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.