|Teatro la Fenice Fire
January 29, 1996
The opera house Teatro la Fenice (The Pheonix Theatre), in Venice, Italy was completely destroyed by fire on January 29, 1996. The fire was set by two electricians because their company was facing heavy fines over delays in repair work. Fighting the fire was difficult because the water source (the canal next to the theater) had been drained for repair work. A helicopter was used to fight the fire.