Rome blaze quashed after three killed in wave of fires

158 fires reported in Wednesday alone

Rome blaze quashed after three killed in wave of fires

(ANSA) - Rome, August 9 - Rome's Monte Mario residential area was ravaged by a new blaze on Thursday before firefighters managed to put it out, only a day after three people died in a wave of fires that has struck during a heat wave in Italy. The Monte Mario area, located in the northern part of Rome, has experienced several similar devastating episodes in recent weeks. Thursday's fire had developed close to the Villa Madama complex, where Italian premiers often host meetings with international dignitaries. The local civil protection unit managed to put out the Monte Mario flames before they took hold on a nearby woody area where a well-known religious statue of the Virgin Mary is located. The statue overlooks Rome's Stadio Olimpico, the home of Serie A soccer clubs AS Roma and Lazio. Prosecutors are probing previous fires in the area after the national forest guards flagged they had been ignited on purpose. On Tuesday the capital suffered 60 fires, whilst the rest of the nation was ravaged by 158, according to data from the national forest guards. The hardest hit was the region of Campania and the region of Lazio, where Rome is situated, with 50 and 23 incidents respectively. The region of Puglia suffered 13 fires, Sicily and Tuscany 12, Calabria 11.

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