Frankfurt’s Goethe tower, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, has burned down and German authorities are suspecting arson.

Fire fighters were not given an opportunity to attempt to put out the fire.

The 43-metre-high wooden structure, located in Frankfurt’s city forest, was completely destroyed by the time fire fighters arrived at the scene at about 3:20 am (0120 GMT), fire brigade spokesperson, Thorsten Brueckner said.

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“Everything points towards arson,’’ police spokesperson Isabell Neumann said.

“There are no electronics inside the tower and there was no thunderstorm overnight.’’

Named after German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the tower was recently renovated for about half a million euros ($593,000).

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