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Palace Blaze in Central Iran Most Likely Intentional

The historical palace in Sarhang-Abad that had only been recently restored with public funds was burnt in a fire that is thought to be intentionally lit
The fire destroyed much of the structure's wooden parts including the magnificent terrace. The fire destroyed much of the structure's wooden parts including the magnificent terrace.
A technical team from Isfahan is estimating the costs of restoration, and the project will be a top priority for fund allocation

Collected evidence indicates that the fire incident in the Palace of Sarhang-Abad in Ardestan County of Isfahan Province on Tuesday was deliberate, according to a top official with Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. 
Mohammad Moheb-Khodaei, deputy head of ICHHTO, said on the sidelines of his visit to the site on Thursday evening that investigation is underway by the county's governorate and the culprits will soon be arrested and penalized.  "Fire department's technical experts will study the cause of the incident and report to the governorate on Friday," he said, IRNA reported. The palace of Sarhang-Abad was burnt on Tuesday in a fire that destroyed much of its wooden parts including the magnificent terrace before firefighters arrived to extinguish it in hours. 
The 150-year-old nationally-inscribed structure was in a poor condition for years until last year the ICHHTO stepped in to revive it. 

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