Fire in Italian historical town damages several buildings

A fire broke out in the historic  center of Luino (Italy). For reasons still under investigation a roof of a house situated on a courtyard went to the fire. The fire started around 211.00 pm, perhaps because of the overheating of a chimney. Aided by the wind that was blowing very strong at that time, the roofs of four buildings have been destroyed.

Fire in Italian Historic town (Luino) credit: http://www.laprovinciadivarese.it/stories/verbano-e-valli/mostruoso-incendio-a-luino-20-sfollati_1164847_11/

Twenty citizens have been evacuated. Several apartments were declared unfit for habitation, the damage amounted to hundreds of thousands of euro. the narrow streets of the old town have made it difficult to extinguish fire by firefighters.

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A firefighters ladder after the fire (picture from: www.vigilfuoco.it)

What happens when water is not enough: the Clandon Park (UK) fire case

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On April 29th, 2015, a fire has destroyed the 18th century Palladian masterpiece of Clandon Park. The fire started in the house’s basement, and quickly spread to the roof. The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has operated with a total of 16 fire engines and more than 80 personnel.

The timeline of the firefighters’ operations is well described in the Getsurrey page, which highlights some problems in water supply.

Although some paintings and furniture were rescued by staff, many tapestries and some items of porcelain were heavily damaged.

Managed by the National Trust since 1956, Clandon Park has been built in the 1720s and, before the fire, contained a large collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain and textiles.