Giuseppina Fiore, 29, and her husband Luigi Veneziano, 37, were killed at around 4.00am when an explosion ripped through their apartment, La Stampa reported.
Their 85-year-old neighbour, Antonio Morelli, was seriously injured and two other tenants were wounded. Fiore and Veneziano’s three-year-old son was found by rescuers crying for help.
The couple and their toddler were described by a neighbour as “a beautiful family” who had moved into the building less than a month ago.
In total, four apartments and a number of cars parked outside were destroyed, the newspaper said.
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The explosion reportedly followed tenants’ complaints the previous night of gas fumes.
“We called the Amgas technicians yesterday because there was a strong smell of gas,” Salvatore Morese, a resident in the building, was quoted in La Stampa as saying.
“They told me there was no problem: ‘Look, it sounds like nothing, they’re probably fumes from the boiler.’ I insisted but they reassured me,” he said.