Florence, June 3, 2021 – They are impressive the pictures inside of the Coop shopping center in Bridge to Strike, struck by a major fire which fortunately did not cause any injuries or burns. The burning started around 1pm, when a long column of black smoke rose. It was visible from all over the city. Hundreds of photos and videos on social media and whatsapp.
The rescue, the smoke, the flames: the video
Explosions inside the department store
During the fire, inside the supermarket, it was hell: shelves destroyed, explosions within the business itself. And firefighters who also promptly intervened inside the structure to try to limit the damage.
There was construction going on on the roof
The fire broke out on the top of the building while they were in progress a series of works which affected the roof itself. At one point the flames broke out and violently attacked the structure. The coverage it has partly detached and ended up in the supermarket, on the shelves below. There were also some small explosions, right inside the department store.
Closed shopping center
Meanwhile, all the people had already been promptly evacuated. Also thanks to everyone’s cold blood there were no injuries. The damage is enormous. The Coop will be closed for a few days and shuttles are organized to allow customers in the area, many elderly people, to do their shopping anyway.
The words of the mayor
«The fire at the Coop in Ponte a Greve is under control, the center was promptly evacuated, no injuries. I thank fire fighters, municipal police and civil protection. Those who live in the area keep the windows closed and avoid exposing themselves to fumes ». Thus the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella su Twitter.
Operations throughout the night
The fire extinguishing operations will continue throughout the night fire fighters explaining that the intervening teams found themselves in the presence of a ventilated roof, which due to its characteristics makes the extinguishing operations longer and more difficult. THE fire fighters of Florence intervened with the support of the commands of Prato, Pistoia, Livorno, Siena, Grosseto, Pisa and Bologna. Also the Civil Protection has made available two tank trucks for water supply. The shopping center is temporarily closed.
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