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Damage from a massive fire at the 19th-century ‘Iron Bridge’ in Rome

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Rome: The formal name of the bridge is Ponte dell’ Industria (Industry Bridge).

Rome:

A massive fire on Saturday severely damaged Rome’s famous “Iron Bridge”, with parts of the 19th-century structure falling into the Tiber River.

The bridge, which was opened in 1863 and formally named Ponte dell’ Industrie (Industry Bridge), connects the densely populated Ostiense and Portuenes neighborhoods.

The fire broke out on the eve of the election of the next mayor, with the main issue being the general decay of infrastructure and public services in the Italian capital.

The Romans called the 131-metre (143-yard) long bridge the “Ponte di Ferro” (Iron Bridge), as most other bridges in Rome are made of stone.

Officials said there were no casualties from the fire, which was visible from afar as flames engulfed the night sky.

Media reports said that it may have started with a short circuit in the shanties under the bridge. Firefighters said the fire that broke out during the night was caused by a damaged gas pipe.

There was power outage in the surrounding areas for several hours.

The bridge, used for busy road traffic between the two neighborhoods, was closed indefinitely pending a security check.

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