ROME, Oct 3 (Reuters) – An enormous hearth on Saturday night time severely broken Rome’s famed “Iron Bridge,” with components of the nineteenth century construction plunging into the River Tiber.
The bridge, which was opened 1863 and whose formal identify is Ponte dell’ Industria (Industry Bridge), connects the densely populated Ostiense and Portuense neighbourhoods.
The hearth broke out on the eve of elections for the following mayor, through which the primary challenge has been the final decay of infrastructure and public providers within the Italian capital.
Romans name the 131-metre (143-yard) lengthy bridge “Ponte di Ferro” (Iron Bridge), since most of Rome’s different bridges are product of stone.
Officials mentioned there have been no injures from the fireplace, which was seen from afar as flames shot into the night time sky.
Media reviews mentioned it could have been began by a brief circuit in shacks under the bridge. Firefighters mentioned the blaze, which was put out in the course of the night time, was fuelled by a broken gasoline pipe.
Surrounding areas had been left with out electrical energy for a number of hours.
The bridge, used for busy street site visitors between the 2 neighbourhoods, was closed indefinitely pending checks on its security.
Editing by Philip Pullella and Frances Kerry