Italy to hire 500 more firefighters
Rome (Reuters) – Italy is set to hire a further 500 firefighters to help protect the countrys biggest industrial hub, the city of Catania, after it was hit by a massive fire which destroyed the country’s largest steelworks and killed one person, the interior ministry said on Monday.
The fire broke out at the industrial hub of Catania in northern Italy, where more than 100 people died and thousands of people were displaced.
Firefighters were battling a massive blaze in the Catanians steelworks, which had been in operation since the late 1980s.
It destroyed the industrial centre’s power plant, the plant which produces and processes the raw material for steel products.
The city was evacuated, with many of the building’s buildings severely damaged.
The city has been on high alert since the deadly blaze in April, which killed at least 40 people.
The ministry said it would not confirm whether the new firefighters would be paid for their work.
It was not immediately clear if the new hires would be firefighters or private security.