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Sunday, September 17, 2000
Fire controlled near Olympics regatta site

 SYDNEY (AP) -- A fire blazed for several hours Sunday just three kilometres from the Olympic Regatta Centre where rowers had competed a few hours earlier.

 More than 100 firefighters and three helicopters were used to control the blaze, keeping it away from the Olympic venue and about 20 nearby houses.

 New South Wales Fire Brigade Insp. Ian Krimmer said the fire would continue to burn for several hours.

 "We're all on rapid standby and we're very sensitive to its proximity to an Olympic venue, but by all reports it hasn't affected performances," said John Winter of the state Rural Fire Service.
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