@freedom_faction - Plumes of dark smoke can be seen rising from the walled city, in #Rome, as a fire rages near the religious site. According to reports #thePope is inside the #Vatican, the heart of the #RomanCatholicChurch. Alarming footage from the scene shows black smoke pouring into the sky at a considerable rate. Visitors have taken to social media to express their shock at the scenes unfolding in the city.
One person simply tweeted: “#Vatican on fire”. Plumes of dark smoke can be seen rising from the walled city.
Another said: “Possible explosion at the Vatican.”A third posted online: “Currently a major fire (near the Vatican), heavy smoke, big column of smoke rises up into the sky.”One eyewitness said they saw smoke, adding: “Then a few minutes later there was a loud boom and more smoke”. “I’ve heard lots of sirens.
“The smoke was drifting high over my apartment.” Photos show a fire raging behind a building, and it is said to have taken hold in the Primavalle district of Rome.
The fire is reportedly coming from a neighbourhood behind the Vatican.
Firefighters battled the blaze which engulfed a scrap yard and a crusher.
Some 50 vehicles are thought to have been destroyed in the inferno, after starting in a car and spending throughout the yard.
The heat set off a series of explosions, sending pieces of cars shooting into the air.
A nearby building was evacuated while firefighters grappled with the fire.
The fire is said to be coming from a neighbourhood behind the Vatican, and the blaze is not inside the city walls.
Local reports indicate the fire is at a nearby car pound, and has “shrouded a building”. The home of the Pontiff, the Vatican is the smallest country in the world measuring just 0.2 square miles. 🔴 A thick black smoke is visible above #Vatican. pic.twitter.com/KkCf5Qjral — Daily Conflicts (@DConflicts) June 1, 2017 - #regrann