Massive fire ravages Rome again in suspected arson

Massive fire ravages Rome again in suspected arson
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Over several boroughs of Rome, the sky was dark again yesterday after an enormous fire broke out in the east of the Italian capital.

The fire is believed to have originated in a park and then spread to several junkyards, with a large black cloud of smoke that could be seen across the city.

According to a spokesperson for Mayor Roberto Gualtieri, it is the work of arsonists, claiming it is a deliberate and sustained attempt to start fires to harm the city government and the new mayor.

An investigation will have to show whether it concerns individual perpetrators or organised crime.

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Four buildings were evacuated as a precaution. According to Italian media, 130 families live there.

Other residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed and to wear a mouth mask on the street. The smoke from the junkyards may have been toxic.

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The fire is now reportedly under control after a special fire truck from Ciampino Airport was deployed.

It was the fourth major fire in Rome in as many weeks.


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