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Gas tanks explode as fire breaks out in Rome scrapyard

A major fire has broken out at a scrapyard in Rome, sending a thick plume of smoke through the north-eastern quarter of the Italian capital.

Gas tanks exploded after the fire began, although there were no reports of injuries.

Authorities evacuated three apartment buildings in the area after the blaze quickly spread through cars that were stacked on top of each other. At least 50 cars set to be scrapped were involved.

Firefighters said the blaze was contained and they were working to suppress it. The cause was not immediately known.

The huge blaze brought traffic to a standstill. A city official, Pinuccia Montanari, said the fire demonstrated the dangers of having demolition yards inside the city limits.

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