Fire in Rome immigrant housing block kills one

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The fire happened in Rome's Monte Mario neighbourhood. Photo: Blackcat/Wikimedia Commons
14:24 CET+01:00
A fire in a Rome apartment building inhabited largely by immigrants killed one and left two people seriously wounded on Friday, including a policeman who had helped in the rescue operation.

A charred corpse was pulled from the building and has yet to be identified, fire services said.

The 40-year-old policeman and another wounded person were taken to hospital.

Firemen said the blaze in the 70-year-old building - a former student residence - may have been caused by an exploding gas canister.

A similar explosion 13 years ago in the same building left two people dead, after which gas canisters were banned and fire extinguishers installed.

SEE ALSO: 'Migrants are treated like dogs': Italian MP

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