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Three dead and nine injured in Milan building explosion

Three people died and nine were injured after a building partially collapsed in Milan on Sunday in an explosion that is believed to have been caused by a gas leak.

Three dead and nine injured in Milan building explosion
Three people died after a building partially collapsed in Milan due to an explosion. Photo: Luca Parioli

The incident happened in a residential building on Via Brioschi.

Among those injured were two sisters, aged seven and 11, who were hospitalized with severe burns, and their father. Their 43-year-old mother died in the explosion, which is thought to have been caused by a leak from a stove in an apartment rented by a couple, who were also among the victims, Ansa reported.

The couple, from the Marche region, were students, both aged 27.

All three victims and the nine injured lived on the third floor of the building, where the gas leak is thought to have occurred.

“The explosion sounded like a bomb – at first I thought it was an attack,” a resident on Via Brioschi was quoted by Ansa as saying.

“Then I realised it was coming from that building.”

The man added that the building had recently been restructured.

An investigation has been opened by prosecutor Elio Ramondini.

The incident comes two weeks after fourteen people, seven of them firefighters, were injured in an explosion which completely destroyed a paints factory near Turin.

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Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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