Huge fire rips through homes in Italy – 100 flee as dozens of firefighters tackle blaze

A HUGE fire has ripped through homes in the centre of the northern Italian city of Turin, forcing some 100 people to flee as firefighters battle to bring the blaze under control.

Turin: Huge blaze tears through building in Italy

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The blaze began in the attic of a building close to the main train station before quickly spreading to nearby properties. Dozens of firefighters are battling to bring the fire under control – several hours after they rushed to the scene. Local fire chief Agatino Carrolo said: “The situation is critical. The fire is raging and we are trying to create a barrage with the hoses, but it is a very difficult to reach it at that height.”

Police believe a welder working on a safe might have accidentally sparked the fire.

This sent clouds of thick black smoke high into Turin’s skyline.

Local media have reported the fire triggered explosions in some gas tanks, which spread the flames quickly to other buildings.

Five people were reported to be injured, but none with life-threatening injuries.

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Turin fire: A huge fire has broken out, forcing around 100 people to flee their homes (Image: ALESSANDRO DI MARCO/EPA)

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Turin fire: The huge blaze quickly spread (Image: EPA)

Two police officers and a worker in the building suffered slight burns and grazes, according to reports. 

Nearby shops were also evacuated. 

The blaze in the Italian city comes less than a week after a huge fire destroyed a luxury apartment block in nearby Milan.

Last Sunday, the 20-storey skyscraper was consumed in flames, with the blaze spreading to the entire structure within a matter of minutes.

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Turin fire: Forefighters are battling to bring the blaze under control (Image: EPA)

Around 70 families were believed to have lived in the apartment block.

Local reports said firefighters had to kick down doors, apartment by apartment, to get residents out.

Mayor of Milan Beppe Sala said at the time: “For now we have no reports of victims or injured.

“We are positive about the fact that there was time for everyone to go out but until the control is not done we cannot be sure.”

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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