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Fire hits La Dolce Vita studios, Cinecitta'

Damage not bad

Fire hits La Dolce Vita studios, Cinecitta'

(ANSA) - Rome, July 19 - A fire in the middle of the night destroyed part of one of the main parts of Rome's legendary Cinecitta' film studios. According to a statement from the fire brigade which extinguished the flames, the fire erupted at around 01:30 local time Thursday. Damage was not severe and confined to the famous Studio 5, said Roberto Cicutto, the chief executive of parent company Istituto Luce Cinecitta'. According to Cicutto, only a part of the studio, housing unused sets, caught fire. "The fire was stopped at the very beginning. This morning you couldn't even smell the smoke," Cicutto added. Studio 5, the largest still-sets location in Europe, is where Federico Fellini filmed scenes in most of his movies, including classics like La Dolce Vita and Amarcord. It is also used by both state broadcaster RAI and Mediaset to film episodes of game shows. Cinecitta', which opened in 1937 during the regime of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, said repairs would be completed by the end of August.

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