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MEMORIAL HONORS 155 KILLED IN CABLE CAR FIRE

It's an elegant but somber memorial to Austria's deadliest peacetime disaster: a stone building with 155 glass columns, one for each of the skiers and snowboarders killed when fire engulfed a crowded alpine cable car on Nov. 11, 2000.

To mark the fourth anniversary today, President Heinz Fischer and other dignitaries will dedicate the memorial in a private ceremony with relatives of the victims.

"It's a part of dealing with the catastrophe," said Norbert Karlsboeck, mayor of the popular ski resort town of Kaprun, where the tragedy occurred.

The $463,000 memorial was built at the base of the craggy Kitzsteinhorn mountain, where the victims were headed for a day of fun on the slopes when the cable car bringing them to a glacier at the top caught fire in a tunnel.

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