A fire has reportedly hit an area in southern Poland believed to be the location of a mysterious train carrying Nazi arms and valuables, as treasure hunters descended onto the area.
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According to The Telegraph, the fire burned Monday night the embankment along the Wroclaw-Walbrzych train line and scorching over 200 square years of adjacent forestry. Walbrzych is considered to be the location of the so-called "Nazi gold train."
Despite the gold-rush-like surge of treasure hunters to the area, authorities told the British paper that the fire was not thought to be the result of arson. Nonetheless, according to The Guardian, local authorities blocked off the area in wake of the influx.
Since the end of World War II, local Polish legend has said that a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing around the city of Walbrzych while fleeing the Red Army in 1945. Fortune-hunters have looked for it for decades, and in the communist era, the Polish army and security services even carried out apparently fruitless searches for it.
This month two men, a Pole and a German, said they found a train with armaments and valuables, leading to hopes it could be that long-lost mystery train.
Last week, Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said he was "convinced" the train existed, but also warned treasure hunters in to stop looking for the train, saying it could be mined and dangerous.
However, a regional governor later said he was doubtful that the train had actually been discovered. "There is no more proof for this alleged discovery than for other claims made over the years,"AFP quoted Tomasz Smolarz, governor of the southwestern region of Lower Silesia, as saying.
The Associated Press contributed to this report