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Explosions at munitions site trigger fire at Berlin's Grunewald forest

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Several explosions at an ammunition dump caused a large fire in one of Berlin's largest city forests on Thursday morning.Around 100 firefighters were on site to control the blaze in the Grunewald forest in the west of the city, German news agency dpa reported.The fire has so far affected some 15,000 square metres of the forest, the city firefighting unit said, while a one-kilometre perimeter has been set up as the situation remains high-risk.The fire was spreading quickly, and massive explosions could be heard from the site where old ammunition from World War II, fireworks and explosive ordnance are stored, and controlled explosions are carried out."The situation is dangerous," Thomas Kirstein from the Berlin fire department told reporters.

He called on residents to stay away from the forest. Due to flying debris and the threat of further explosions, the fire department said it had not yet begun to systematically extinguish the fire.Berlin authorities called for additional task forces to help extinguish the flames, including special forces from the German army.

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