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Fourteen injured in Italian paint factory explosion

31 May 2016

Fourteen people, seven of them firefighters, were injured in an explosion which destroyed the Darkem paint factory in the industrial area of Scarmagno near Turin on May 30. Witnesses reported hearing a series of four explosions before the factory, which was unoccupied at the time, went up in flames. 

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Seven firefighters were hospitalised with burns, with one suffering third-degree burns to his face, chest and hands, La Repubblica reported.

Three policemen suffered smoke inhalation, while another dislocated his shoulder. Three others in the area were injured slightly.

Schools in Scarmagno were closed on May 31 amid concerns over the environmental impact of the explosion, the cause of which is yet to be ascertained.

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