Blaze leaves Naples science museum in ashes

05 Mar 2013 | 14:37 GMT | Posted by Davide Castelvecchi | Category: 

Posted on behalf of Nicola Nosengo.

A fire broke out on Monday night at Città della Scienza, an  interactive science museum and conference centre in Naples, Italy, destroying most of the complex.

No injuries were reported, but the damage was said to be devastating. The fire broke out at around 9:30 p.m. local time and raged on most of the night before firefighters finally managed to stop it.

Four of the five halls that make up the 12,000-square-metre museum, built on a former industrial site, were destroyed by the fire. Only one hall used as a theatre and conference centre withstood the flames.

“The damage is immense,” the museum’s director, Luigi Amodio, told Nature. “The interactive scientific museum has been entirely destroyed — both the buildings and the exhibits. The fire broke out last night and propagated very quickly. We are waiting for the results of the investigation to understand what caused it.”…

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