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Prosecutors open probe into new Rome wildfires

Blaze caused cloud of smoke behind St Peter's, showers of ash

(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 5 - Rome prosecutors said Tuesday that they have opened an investigation to determine whether a huge wildfire that broke out in the north of Rome on Monday was caused by arson.
    It is the latest in a series of recent wildfires in and around Rome and comes just days after a huge blaze in the Massimina district that caused considerable damage.
    Monday's fire took hold in the Pineto park and Monte Ciocci nature reserve, giving off a big cloud of smoke behind St Peter's Basilica, and generating a strong smell and showers of ash in the centre of the capital and zones including Nomentana, Talenti, Pineta Sacchetti and Balduina.
    Several homes and a sports centre had to be evacuated on Monday because of the blaze. (ANSA).


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