Mario De Cave did not make it, the 57-year-old was injured Tuesday morning in the explosion that affected a building in Via Atteone in Torre Angela, on the outskirts of Rome. The man, treated by rescuers after being extracted from the rubble of the building, reported burns on almost 70 percent of his body. The third floor resident passed away at the hospital Sant’Eugenio, after being subjected to several cycles of a hyperbaric chamber. But the treatments were useless. Two other people were injured as a result of the explosion, but they are out of danger of life: they had found shelter from the flames on the terrace. According to what was learned from the Provincial Command of the Carabinieri, the presence of missing residents in the building was excluded.
On the day of the tragic accident, the man, to the carabinieri who intervened on the spot, had explained the dynamics of the incident: “I got up, had my coffee, lit a cigarette and everything exploded“, The 57-year-old said. The man had probably left the gas valve open.
A gas cylinder was found inside his apartment. The carabinieri of Tor Bella Monaca investigate the causes of the fire, but no hypothesis is excluded. Investigators also hypothesize a possible self-harming gesture. The man, in fact, had recently left with his partner and was experiencing a moment of profound prostration. The ex was heard by the carabinieri and allegedly told of some stalking episode.
The prosecutor has opened a file for negligent fire. But it will still take days to know the results of the investigations of the investigative unit of the firefighters delegated in the investigations, of the carabinieri and of ASL technicians.
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