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Italy ferry port fire: Huge blaze breaks out in Savona government building

October 23, 2018 12:23 PM
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A MASSIVE fire entirely engulfed a newly-built government skyscraper in the Italian harbour city of Savona, where more than 40 people were working.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 1pm BST (2pm local time) to assist people who managed to ran out of the building, housing the staff of the Port Authority.

"Numerous" fire brigades are attempting to put out the fire, which is "completely enveloping" the building, "from the first to the top floor", according to Italy daily La Stampa.

The fire started outside, taking by surprise those working inside the skyscraper.

Within minutes, it quickly made its way up to the top floor, local newspaper Eco Di Savona reported.

The people working inside the newly-built skyscraper, believed to be 40, were all brought to safety by firefighters and police officers, as confirmed by one of the directors of the Port Authority.

Paolo Canavese, who rushed out of the building, said: "The flames burst out all of a sudden, and within a few minutes they caught up the whole building.

"Minutes ago we ran a head count, which confirmed we all managed to safely get out of the building."


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