PortandTerminal.com, September 16, 2020
Explosions and fire rips through Italian port of Ancona overnight
ANCONA, ITALY – Firefighters have been battling a major fire overnight at the historic port of Ancona on Italy’s Adriatic coast.
The fire has caused significant damage to the port, but no injuries have been reported by authorities.
Explosions sparked the fire shortly after midnight, though it is not yet clear what caused the blast.
According to initial investigations, the fire started in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday in one of the warehouses and spread rapidly in the port area.
“First was a powerful blast at 1:30pm last night, then three or four explosions, then fire,” recalled a French holidaymaker, who asked not to be named and spent the night in a caravan one hundred metres from the outbreak.
“We were asleep and there was a roar,” said resident Lara Pulizie, who lives in a flat next to the site of the explosion and has since closed the windows to keep the fumes out. “People in the street were screaming, because it seemed as though the whole complex could burst.”
The blaze was under control on Wednesday morning according to the Vigili Di Fuoco, the Italian fire service, even though “fires continue to burn inside the warehouse.”
Footage of the immediate aftermath shows sixteen fleets of firefighters hosing down charred wreckage of smashed-in windows and twisted corrugated iron.
The municipality has closed all schools, universities, parks, and outdoor sports facilities as a precaution, pending analysis and indications from the health authorities.
Citizens have also been advised to limit their movements and close building windows.
“At the moment we have no indication about the alleged toxicity of the cloud,” said Mancinelli.
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