Germany’s Banana Museum, based in the far north of the country, has burned to the ground.

The fire, which broke out on Monday for a reason still unknown, was so extensive that the museum could not be saved, a police spokesman said.

There were gas canisters stored in the building, according to the spokesman who, however, could not say if explosions occurred during the blaze.

Banana-obsessed collector, Bernhard Stellmacher, opened the museum dedicated to his favourite fruit in the coastal village of Sierksdorf in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, in 1991.

The museum styled itself as the first banana museum in Germany.

Among the exhibits were bananas made of wood, plaster, soft material and amber. (dpa/NAN)

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