Two men died today (Thursday) as fire raged in a department store in the northern Italian industrial city of Turin.
Two men died today (Thursday) as fire raged in a department store in the northern Italian industrial city of Turin. Fifty more were injured.
The three-storey building was packed with shoppers and staff when fire broke out, and there were some spectacular rescues. One woman appeared screaming at an upper window, her hair smoking from the heat. After attempts to reach her by ladder failed, she was doused with hoses and finally jumped into a fireman's safety net.
This dramatic film of the incident (mono only) was shot by Italian television (RAI) and telerecorded in London from a Eurovision transmission.
SYNOPSIS: From Turin, Northern Italy, dramatic film of a fire which raged through a crowded department store.
Firemen arrived to find one women screaming at an upper window, with flames so close that her their was on fire. An attempt to rescue her by ladder failed because the ladder was not long enough.
Hoses doused her with water to protect her from the intense heat.
Finally the flames got so close she was forced to jump...but she landed safely in a fireman's net.
As the fire raged, there were more spectacular rescues by firemen and volunteers. But two of the volunteers were later found dead in the burnt-out store.