Mys­te­ri­ous ex­plo­sion kills Ital­ian fire­fight­ers

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Three fire­fight­ers in north­ern Italy were killed yes­ter­day in an ex­plo­sion at an aban­doned farm build­ing in what po­lice said may be a crim­i­nal act. The fire­fight­ers were re­spond­ing to con­cerns about a gas leak in Quargnento, a town in the north­ern Pied­mont re­gion, po­lice said. As the fire­fight­ers at­tempted to put out a blaze in an aban­doned farm build­ing an ex­plo­sion brought down the en­tire struc­ture. Au­thor­i­ties found an un­ex­ploded gas cylin­der, a timer and elec­tri­cal wire in a nearby build­ing. “All this leads us to be­lieve that the ex­plo­sion was de­lib­er­ately set,” lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor En­rico Cieri said. Two other fire­fight­ers and a mem­ber of Italy’s Cara­binieri mil­i­tary po­lice force were in­jured.

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